Having a vision impairment, which is sometimes called “low vision,” means that you are unable to see well even with medication, surgery, glasses, or contacts. There is a wide range of vision impairment, with some people having mild cases and others much more severe. Typically, vision impairment and blindness impact the elderly as the result of eye diseases that are also associated with old age:
- Macular Degeneration
There are other causes of visual impairment that impact people of all ages:
- Congenital Defects
- Various Eye Disorders
In some cases, visual impairments are treatable and reversible, but this is not always the case. Many people who experience impaired vision have lifelong, and life-altering, vision challenges. The best ways to avoid blindness and serious visual impairments are to go in for comprehensive eye exams at least every two years (or as recommended by your eye doctor) and always protect your eyes during sports, when using machinery, and when engaging in other activities where you are at risk of eye injury.
For people with glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, eye injuries, congenital defects, eye disorders, and other visual impairments, medical ID jewelry is a real necessity. In the event of an accident, EMTs and other emergency medical personnel treating you may consider lack of vision or lack of appropriate eye response to stimuli a sign of injury such as head trauma. Letting them know right away that you are visually impaired or blind enables them to more quickly rule out head trauma and move on to other important treatment activities.