Many of us wear glasses or contact lenses; it is thanks to these visual aids that we can see normally again. But what to do when this is not sufficient? Any human being can, at any time, be afflicted by a visual impediment. However, visual impairments are especially common in old age. In this article we show what the reasons may be and how both increased visual aids and the people around them can help those affected.
There is a wide range of different visual impairments which, to a certain extent, are often not recognizable at all by an observer. Close relatives, work colleagues or friends cannot imagine some of the everyday difficulties faced by someone who is suffering from a visual impairment. However, there are many small things that will improve the lives of those affected, in particular, their level of independence and capacity to live and work with others.
Every visual impairment has its own individual characteristics and patients report a variety of symptoms: restricted visual field (tubular vision field), visual field loss, sensitivity to blinding light, nocturnal blindness, color blindness or general stark limitation of visual capability. Even among similar diagnoses, the effects can be very different from person to person.
Often, visual impairments are brought about by degenerative diseases originating in the retina of the eye:
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