Tips for Living with Low Vision
Provided by Sheryl Bass, The Hadley School for the Blind
Did you know that diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working age adults? More than 8 million Americans have it. The disease is expected to increase by 35 percent by 2032. This condition, which can be caused by both type 1 or type 2 diabetes, occurs when diabetes damages the small blood vessels that nourish tissue and nerve cells in the retina.
In its early stages, blood vessels that nourish the eye become weak, blocked or damaged. In the advanced stage, the retina triggers the development of new blood vessels, which grow abnormally and subsequently rupture and bleed, causing hemorrhages in the retina. There is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, but it can be treated with laser and with several injectable drugs. The Hadley School for the Blind, the largest provider of distance education for people who are blind or visually impaired worldwide, offers the following tips for living well with this disease.
Hadley offers free audio lessons to help members of the public with Diabetic Retinopathy and other causes of low-vision to make low-tech adaptations in their environment to master daily living tasks. The free recordings are available on CD, digital talking book cartridge (DTB) and as free mp3 audio downloads from the Low Vision Focus @ Hadley (LVF) website at www.lowvisionfocus.org.
Individuals are required to register online to receive access to the free audio recordings or they should call 1-855-830-5355 for the CDs or DTB cartridges. Each recording is approximately 30 minutes long and covers a different aspect of living independently with low vision. This series helps people move forward using step-by-step tips and techniques, along with information and resources to help maximize the vision they have.
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