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February Is Low Vision Awareness Month

By February 3, 2011

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February is Low Vision Awareness Month, a campaign that was started to raise awareness for macular degeneration and other vision problems.

Low vision affects a person's entire life, interfering with the ability to perform daily activities. The term low vision means partial sight, or visual impairment that is not correctable with contact lenses or eyeglasses. However, many low vision aids are available today to make the most of remaining vision and continue to live a satisfying and independent life.

Low vision can be caused by various eye diseases or eye injuries. A few common causes of low vision include the following:

February 4, 2011 at 11:08 am
(1) Lisa says:

It is amazing how SO many people take their vision for granted! My dad kept putting off going to the eye doctor for his squinting until we actually forced him to go.

Fortunately for him it was just his eyes getting old and he needed glasses!

But what I could not believe was the COST of eyeglasses these days! The eye doctor wanted several hundred dollars for ONE PAIR!

A friend of mine mentioned 39DollarGlasses.com. Personally I am not a big fan of shopping online but I was impressed at how easy it was and how CHEAP it was compared to the eye doctor!

I just don’t understand how we expect to get out of a res session when we have people bleeding us dry with high costs!

February 23, 2011 at 10:01 am
(2) Helen Smeaton says:

I SO agree with your comment on how many people take their vision for granted. I’ve worn contact lenses for over 25 years because I’m really short-sighted.

When I moved abroad 6 years ago, I just couldn’t get hold of my usual lenses at anywhere near the price I used to pay when living in the UK. So I had to start searching online to find something affordable.

I had my eyes checked again to update the prescription and after many weeks of research to find a trusted supplier, I eventually bought them from a large US optical retailer which ships internationally at a great price.

Now I buy all my contact lenses online – a year’s supply at a time – but it still amazes me how many of my friends a) complain that their lenses are uncomfortable and expensive, b) how little they know about the bits of plastic they put in their eyes and c) how few of them regularly have their eyes checked for glaucoma or other eye diseases, let alone checking on their eye prescription.

Most have no idea what brand or type of lens they use and as for their prescription, they simply haven’t a clue where to start.

I’m now on a mission to educate all my friends so that they can buy comfortable contact lenses at the lowest possible price. I even set up a contact lenses website to help them!

Thank goodness for the internet as otherwise I would be paying a fortune for my contacts.

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