Low Vision	See Well for a Lifetime
Is Vision Loss Part of Getting Older?	 §  Vision can change as we age. §  Vision loss and     blindness are not     a no...
What Vision Changes Are Normal?	 §  Focusing on objects up close is     harder to do. §  Noticing declining sensitivity....
What Is Low Vision?	 §  Vision that is not corrected by     eyeglasses, contact lenses,     medication, or surgery. §  L...
What Causes Low Vision?	 §  Sometimes vision loss occurs because     of eye injuries or birth defects. §  Most people de...
Signs of Low Vision	 §  Even with your regular glasses or     contact lenses, you have difficulty     with the following:...
How Do You Know When To Get an Eye Exam?	 §  When you experience     vision changes. §  Make it a part of your     routi...
How Do You Know if You Have Low Vision?	 §  Only an eye care professional     can tell if you have low vision.           ...
What Is a Low Vision Assessment?	 §  A low vision assessment determines     the extent of vision loss and potential     f...
What Is a Low Vision Assessment? (Continued)	§  The specialist in low vision will    assess the following:       §  Your...
What Can You Do if You Have Low Vision?	 §  Take charge. §  Visit your eye care professional     or a specialist in low ...
Vision Rehabilitation	 §  Offers information about devices     and services. §  Helps people adapt     to vision loss an...
Where Can You Go for Services?	 §  Ophthalmology or optometry offices      that specialize in low vision. §  Hospital cl...
How Can You Find a Specialist? §  Talk with your eye care professional     about local resources. §  Visit www.nei.nih.g...
Low Vision Devices §  Many people require more than one     visual device. Some examples of     devices are listed below:...
Low Vision Devices (Continued)         §  Glasses with high-powered lenses                        	LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIO...
Low Vision Devices (Continued)         §  Telescopic lenses                                  © Lighthouse International, ...
Low Vision Devices (Continued)          §  Special software for computers                        	LIONS CLUBS INTERNATION...
Low Vision Devices (Continued)         §  Other devices                              National Eye Institute, National Ins...
Be Your Best Health Advocate	 §  Investigate and learn as      much as you can. §  Ask questions about vision      rehab...
Be Your Best Health Advocate (Continued)	 §  Learn about low vision programs,     devices, and technology. §  Get suppor...
Questions To Ask Your Eye Care Professional	 §  What changes can I expect in my vision? §  Will my vision loss get worse...
Questions To Ask Your Eye Care Professional (Continued)	 §  Will diet, exercise, or lifestyle changes      help? §  If m...
Questions To Ask Your Specialist in Low Vision	 §  How can I continue my daily activities? §  Are there resources to hel...
Questions To Ask Your Specialist in Low Vision (Continued)	 §  What training and services are available     to help me li...
Review	 §  Low vision is vision that cannot be      corrected. §  People with low vision can make the      most of the v...
Where To Get More Information	 National Eye Institute (NEI)         §  Visit the Low Vision Web site:             www.nei...
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  1. 1. Low Vision See Well for a Lifetime
  2. 2. Is Vision Loss Part of Getting Older? §  Vision can change as we age. §  Vision loss and blindness are not a normal part of aging. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  3. 3. What Vision Changes Are Normal? §  Focusing on objects up close is harder to do. §  Noticing declining sensitivity. §  Needing more light to see well. §  Needing more time to adjust to changing levels of light. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  4. 4. What Is Low Vision? §  Vision that is not corrected by eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. §  Low vision may make everyday tasks difficult to do. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  5. 5. What Causes Low Vision? §  Sometimes vision loss occurs because of eye injuries or birth defects. §  Most people develop low vision because of the following: §  Age-related macular degeneration §  Cataract §  Diabetic eye disease §  Glaucoma LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  6. 6. Signs of Low Vision §  Even with your regular glasses or contact lenses, you have difficulty with the following: §  Recognizing familiar faces. §  Reading. §  Cooking. §  Picking out and matching the color of your clothes. §  Reading street signs. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  7. 7. How Do You Know When To Get an Eye Exam? §  When you experience vision changes. §  Make it a part of your routine health care: §  People aged 50 or older should have a comprehensive dilated eye exam. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  8. 8. How Do You Know if You Have Low Vision? §  Only an eye care professional can tell if you have low vision. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  9. 9. What Is a Low Vision Assessment? §  A low vision assessment determines the extent of vision loss and potential for vision rehabilitation. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  10. 10. What Is a Low Vision Assessment? (Continued) §  The specialist in low vision will assess the following: §  Your general health and eye health history. §  Functions of daily living related to your vision. §  Your visual acuity and other eye functions. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  11. 11. What Can You Do if You Have Low Vision? §  Take charge. §  Visit your eye care professional or a specialist in low vision. §  Ask about vision rehabilitation. §  Learn about low vision devices and services. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  12. 12. Vision Rehabilitation §  Offers information about devices and services. §  Helps people adapt to vision loss and maintain their independence. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  13. 13. Where Can You Go for Services? §  Ophthalmology or optometry offices that specialize in low vision. §  Hospital clinics. §  State, nonprofit, or for-profit vision rehabilitation organizations. §  Independent-living centers. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  14. 14. How Can You Find a Specialist? §  Talk with your eye care professional about local resources. §  Visit www.nei.nih.gov/lowvision LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  15. 15. Low Vision Devices §  Many people require more than one visual device. Some examples of devices are listed below: §  Glasses. §  Telescopic lenses. §  Special software for computers. §  Other devices. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  16. 16. Low Vision Devices (Continued) §  Glasses with high-powered lenses LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  17. 17. Low Vision Devices (Continued) §  Telescopic lenses © Lighthouse International, Dorothea Anne Lombardo LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  18. 18. Low Vision Devices (Continued) §  Special software for computers LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL © Lighthouse International, Peter Vidor
  19. 19. Low Vision Devices (Continued) §  Other devices National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  20. 20. Be Your Best Health Advocate §  Investigate and learn as much as you can. §  Ask questions about vision rehabilitation, and ask for a referral for care or a resource for more information. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  21. 21. Be Your Best Health Advocate (Continued) §  Learn about low vision programs, devices, and technology. §  Get support from family and friends. §  Establish a good relationship with your eye care professional and specialist in low vision. LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  22. 22. Questions To Ask Your Eye Care Professional §  What changes can I expect in my vision? §  Will my vision loss get worse? §  How much of my vision will I lose? §  Will regular eyeglasses improve my vision? §  What can I do to protect my vision? LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  23. 23. Questions To Ask Your Eye Care Professional (Continued) §  Will diet, exercise, or lifestyle changes help? §  If my vision can’t be corrected, can you refer me to a specialist in low vision? §  Where can I get a low vision assessment? §  Where can I get vision rehabilitation? LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  24. 24. Questions To Ask Your Specialist in Low Vision §  How can I continue my daily activities? §  Are there resources to help me in my job? §  Will any special devices help me with daily activities around the house? LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  25. 25. Questions To Ask Your Specialist in Low Vision (Continued) §  What training and services are available to help me live better and more safely? §  Where can I find support to cope with my vision loss? LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  26. 26. Review §  Low vision is vision that cannot be corrected. §  People with low vision can make the most of the vision they have. §  It pays to be proactive. Learn about vision rehabilitation services. §  Questions? LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
  27. 27. Where To Get More Information National Eye Institute (NEI) §  Visit the Low Vision Web site: www.nei.nih.gov/lowvision §  Or call NEI at 301-496-5248 Lions Clubs International §  Visit the Lions Clubs International Web site: www.lionsclubs.org §  Or send an e-mail to: programs@lionsclubs.org     LIONS CLUBS INTERNATIONAL
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