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February Is Low Vision Awareness MonthLow vision is a problem that affects thousands of Americans. This is why the National Eye Institute marks every February as Low Vision Awareness Month.

If it’s been a while since you had a comprehensive eye exam, Berkeley Eye Center encourages you to make an appointment to see your eye doctor as soon as possible, as a comprehensive eye exam is the best way to detect and diagnosis the problems that can lead to low vision and vision loss in their earliest and most treatable stages.

What is Low Vision?

Low vision refers to a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Having low vision can impact your life in many ways, making it more difficult to do activities you enjoy, such as reading, cooking, shopping, writing, using a computer or watching television.

The majority of people diagnosed with low vision are 65 years or older. Some common causes of low vision among seniors include macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, strokes and cataracts. In younger patients, low vision often results from inherited eye conditions (such as amblyopia and retinopathy of prematurity), trauma and eye infections.

People with low vision often experience the following symptoms:

  • Loss of central vision
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Hazy vision
  • Night blindness

While the condition may not be reversible, there are several things a person with low vision can do to achieve their highest visual potential and continue to live a safe, productive and meaningful life.

Strategies for Living with Low Vision

Berkeley Eye Center’s team of experienced ophthalmologists and optometrists specialize in helping people with low vision. Special low vision eye exams allow them to assess the limitations, capabilities and functional needs of their patients. The main goal is to preserve what vision a patient has left and work with them to develop strategies to cope with their reduced visual acuity. This includes training patients in the use of magnifying and other adaptive devices, teaching new skills that allow patients to maintain a safe and independent lifestyle, developing new strategies to navigate at home and in public, as well as providing helpful resources and support.

We’re Dedicated to Protecting and Preserving Your Vision Health

Regular eye exams are the most effective way to protect and maintain vision health for you and your family. If you don’t remember the last time you had a comprehensive eye exam, today is a good day to schedule an appointment!  Berkeley Eye Center has been protecting the vision health of Texans for over 60 years. We provide our patients with a complete range of vision care services, from prescription lenses and frames to LASIK eye surgery and the latest cosmetic oculoplastic procedures. With many locations in Houston and surrounding communities, there’s a Berkeley Eye Center near you!