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Distance Vision and Disconnected Feelings
June 23, 2015

Distance Vision and Disconnected Feelings

According to low vision specialists at Ocutech, "Loss of distance vision can undermine our social lives and make us feel isolated, disconnected and depressed. While many individuals with visual impairment complain of difficulty reading, loss of reading vision does not interfere with quality of life in as dramatic a way as does loss of distance vision."

What first comes to mind when one thinks about low vision aids for those with age related macular degeneration (AMD) is magnifiers.

Bioptic Glasses - Distance Magnifiers

Indeed an important aid to read books, bills, or newspapers, close up magnifiers don't address the other type of vision loss for those with AMD - loss of distance vision.
The ability to see and recognize faces often leaves those with AMD feel disconnected.

I noticed this recently at a family reunion this summer. My father-in-law who has wet AMD attended many different dinners, lunches and brunches. Perhaps because he was unsure of who was standing or sitting near him, he didn't initiate conversations like he would have several years ago.

That's where bioptic glasses come in - a different kind of magnifier that allows the wearer to see who they are talking to, watch a sports event, or enjoy a grandchild's performance. AMD may diminish your sight, but don't let it diminish your social life. Find out more about how these distance glasses work here:

Distance Bioptic Glasses for TV, Movies, Sporting Events, and More

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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