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Low vision at a glance

  • Can’t be fixed with glasses, contact lenses, or other standard treatments like medicine or surgery 
  • Most common in people age 65 and older, but it can affect anyone 
  • Can't be reversed — but it can be managed

Low vision affects millions of Americans — including many older adults in your community. People with low vision aren’t blind, but because of their vision loss, they may not be able to do everyday tasks like driving or reading. 

We need your help in getting the word out about low vision. People with low vision — and their families — need to know how they can prevent further vision loss, make the most of their remaining vision, and maintain their independence.  

Low vision is often caused by one of these conditions: 

It can also be caused by an eye injury. 

Browse NEHEP resources

Our educational resources will help you share the message that vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision make the most of their remaining sight. 

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Hand out articles and fact sheets

Our articles and handouts make it easy to spread the word about vision rehabilitation. You can share them online or print and hand them out in your community.  

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Share infocards and infographics

These are helpful for older adults, community leaders, and partner organizations. Print them out to hang in common areas or post them on your website and social media.

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Watch videos and webinars

Use our videos and webinars to help people learn about low vision and related eye conditions.

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Be part of Low Vision Awareness Month in February

Join people across the country to raise awareness about low vision and vision rehabilitation!  

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Spread the word on social media

Use our social media posts to educate your community about low vision and how people with low vision can maintain their independence. 

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Work with the media

Partnering with local newspapers, radio stations, or TV networks is a powerful way to reach people in your community — and we have tips and ready-to-use articles that make it easy.

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Lead an information session

We have everything you need, including presentation slides and a speaker’s guide.  

Last updated: July 2019