Low Vision

What is Low Vision?

Everyday Tasks Are Challenging

Low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, people find everyday tasks difficult to do. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking, seeing the TV, and writing can seem challenging.

Millions of Americans lose some of their vision every year. Irreversible vision loss is most common among people over age 65.

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Not a Normal Part of Aging

Losing vision is not just part of getting older. Some normal changes occur as we get older. However, these changes usually don't lead to low vision.