Visible Connections is a free organization providing opportunities for blind and visually impaired seniors to significantly enhance their quality of life. It’s not unusual for new visually impaired seniors to feel their life is over and fear they will become nothing but a burden. The truth is they can live full, meaningful lives! The organization provides opportunities to: 1. Form connections with others who have faced similar obstacles 2. Increase opportunities for social interaction 3.
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness among people between 25 – 74 years old. Half of people with diabetes are unaware they have it. Of those who are aware only 50% get appropriate eye care. Most people think that blood sugar levels are the most important risk factors for vision loss in Diabetes Mellitus. However, blood glucose control only accounts for 10% of the risk of vision loss in DM. Other factors such as
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an acquired disease of the retina that can cause significant visual impairment. Approximately 11 million people are affected with AMD in the US alone. The prevalence is similar to that of all invasive cancers combined, and more than double Alzheimer’s Disease. The risk for AMD increases more than three-fold in patients older than 75 years of age compared to individuals between 65-74 years of age. The diagnosis of ARMD is
Are activities you once enjoyed becoming less frequent? Have routine tasks become more challenging, such as night time driving? Are once vibrant colors and visual contrast now dull and muted? If you can relate to any of these questions, cataracts may be affecting your personal safety and quality of life. Recent studies have shown people who undergo cataract surgery have a lower risk of health conditions, as well as a longer life, compared to people
Visual impairment or legal blindness affects approximately 3% of the U.S. population over the age of 40, or a total of 4.2 million people. The most common cause of vision loss in this age-group is age-related macular degeneration (AMD), accounting for approximately 54% of cases. With increasing age, the prevalence of vision loss climbs to over 6% among Caucasians over the age of 85. AMD has two forms: Dry (non-exudative) or Wet (exudative). Even though
What is Low Vision: Low Vision as defined by The Vision Council, is a term used to refer to a visual impairment that is not correctable through surgery, pharmaceuticals, glasses or contact lenses. It is often characterized by partial sight, such a blurred vision, blind spots, or tunnel vision. Low vision can impact people of all ages, but is primarily associated with older adults. What causes Low Vision: • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD/ARMD): AMD is