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What is Low Vision?

Low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery, you may find it challenging to see and perform your daily tasks.

People age 65 and older, as well as African Americans and Hispanics over age 45, are at higher risk of having low vision from AMD, diabetes retinopathy, or glaucoma.

There are many signs that can indicate low vision. For example, even with your regular glasses/contact lenses, you may have difficulty:
• Recognizing faces of your friends and relatives
• Performing tasks that require you to see well up close, such as reading.
• Performing tasks at work or home because lights now seem dimmer

The number of people with some degree of vision loss is growing rapidly, especially among senior populations. Conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataractsglaucomadiabetic retinopathy, or optic nerve disease are common among US residents, 65 years and older.

If you are experiencing any of these signs, schedule an appointment with your doctor at Ophthalmic Consultants of the Capital Region for a comprehensive eye exam. Many causes of decreased vision can be treated. Please call (518) 274-3123 to schedule your appointment.

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