With people in the United States living longer, eye diseases and vision loss have become major public health concerns. Currently, 4.2 million Americans ages 40 and older are visually impaired. By 2030, when the last baby boomers turn 65, this number is projected to reach 7.2 million, with 5 million having low vision.
Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV hard to do. In addition, the consequences of vision loss may leave people feeling anxious, helpless, and depressed.
Vision rehabilitation can help people with vision loss to maximize their remaining vision and maintain their independence and quality of life by teaching them how to:
- Move safely around the home.
- Continue to read, cook, and do other activities.
- Find resources, adaptive devices, and support.
Are you a healthcare provider or community professional who works with people with low vision? If so, you are well positioned to refer people with vision loss for vision rehabilitation services. Watch the Living With Low Vision: Stories of Hope and Independence video and download this fact sheet [1.8 MB] to learn more. You can also use the resources below to help promote awareness about the benefits of vision rehabilitation.
Join the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) to help raise awareness about vision rehabilitation among people with low vision and their family, friends, and caregivers. You can start by downloading and sharing the Living With Low Vision [5.5 MB] and Cómo vivir con baja visión [6.0 MB] booklets to help spread the word.