Ophthalmologists offer tips to older adults

Ophthalmologists offer tips to older adults during Senior Independence Month

As part of its support for Senior Independence Month this July, the Delaware Academy of Ophthalmology, along with the American Academy of Ophthalmology – the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons – is providing older adults with low vision guidance on how to make the most of their remaining sight and keep their independence.

An estimated 2.9 million Americans have low vision, which makes it difficult or impossible for them to accomplish everyday activities such as reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces. Low vision can be caused by eye diseases that are more common in older people, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Fortunately, there are many strategies and resources available to people with low vision that can help them overcome these challenges.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that people with low vision and those who care for them to follow these tips: See an ophthalmologist. Those with low vision can improve their quality of life through low vision rehabilitation, which teaches people how to use their remaining sight more effectively; it can be arranged through an ophthalmologist. Make things bigger. Sit closer to the television or to the stage at performances. Get large books, phone dials and playing cards. Carry magnifiers for help with menus,…

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