Someone posted this article in a Facebook group I belong to and I wanted to pass it along to you!
Did you know that October 15th is White Cane Awareness Day, designated by Congress as a day to raise awareness of issues faced by people with vision loss? Because you’re a friend of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), we want you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of vision loss.
If you or a loved one experience any of the following, please make an appointment with your eyecare professional right away.
1. Loss of central vision – macular degeneration – makes reading and facial recognition harder. It’s common among seniors.
2. Patches of vision loss result from diabetic retinopathy. It becomes difficult to read and drive. Many diabetics experience no vision loss.
3.Glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa can lead to tunnel vision. In glaucoma, pressure builds up inside the eye. “RP” is hereditary.
4. Loss of contrast, caused by developing cataracts and other conditions, leads to blurred, cloudy vision and sensitivity to glare.
5. Total blindness is the loss of all useful vision, even though shades of light and dark may be seen.
Early detection of macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy — diseases that are becoming more common as millions of Americans grow older — can make all the difference in how we adapt to vision loss.
The key is having good information to understand what help is available and how to go about getting it.
Thanks to your support of BVA, we offer free services to help blinded veterans and their families get the help they need to live independently.
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