WHAT IS LOW VISION?
It has been estimated that 20 million Americans, age 40 and older, suffer from some form of vision impairment, many of which are due to age-related eye diseases. As the population of our country grows older, those numbers will only increase.
Low vision is a condition in which vision cannot be corrected by glasses, contacts, surgery, or medicine. People who have low vision are said to be visually impaired or have irreversible vision loss and their vision impairment is usually caused by an underlying eye disease or congenital disorder. A variety of diseases and disorders that affect the eye (many age-related) can cause an individual to become visually impaired and these include Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Retinitis Pigmentosa, and Stargardt Disease, among others.