Visual Impairment

By Rae A. Eitel, RN, BSN, CNOR

Many people understand conditions such as arthritis or bone fracture attribute to the risks of fall. Many people do not realize, poor vision is also directly linked to falls; and, can be prevented.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO, 2014) 65% of people over the age of 50 are visually impaired. What is interesting is this population also comprises 20% of the world’s population (WHO, 2014). Many of the eye conditions and diseases causing these impairments are: cataracts, a clouding of the eyes lens; glaucoma, a silent disease beginning with peripheral vision loss; and, age related macular degeneration. Age related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease which affects the central vision and the ability to see the fine details.

The most important element to quality vision and the reduction of visual impairment is having your eyes checked regularly. Eye exams should be performed every year or two, depending on your ophthalmologist or optometrist’s recommendation.

Dr. Kamran Shokoohi, MD recommends; in order to have quality vision and the clearest view of the world possible, thorough eye exams are necessary. Preventing and treating, diseases or conditions of eye; such as, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, or other eye conditions, is our specialty at Great Lakes Eye Institute and Surgery Center. “Do not take your vision for granted.”