Review of Optometry: Today’s Tech for Assisting the Visually Impaired

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Visual impairment is included among the top 10 most prevalent causes of disability in the U.S. Low vision affects more than two million Americans and ranks only behind arthritis and heart disease as the reason for impaired daily functioning in Americans older than 70. In addition, blindness ranks third as one of peoples most feared disorders. The numbers of low vision patients is expected to increase, according to the National Eye Institute, and the prevalence of low vision is expected to almost triple by the year 2050. Many practitioners may be tempted to refer these patients immediately to a low vision provider without attempting to make any interventions themselves; however, all optometrists are capable of performing a basic low vision evaluation and providing the patient with vision impairment some initial tools to get started on their journey of improved functioning. Read More