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What to Know About Low Vision

February is Low Vision Awareness Month, and FBC is helping spread the word. For people outside our community, the whole concept of low vision might be confusing. People hear the terms blind, visually impaired, and low vision, but what do they mean?

What is Low Vision

Someone who has low vision is someone who has at least some vision remaining. The vast majority of visually impaired people fall into this category, but their vision can vary widely in how they experience it. Some people have very little usable vision, while others may only require a little assistance to do most normal daily functions.

Types of Low Vision

When we think of vision impairment, the first thing that comes to mind for many is blurry vision. However, low vision encompasses a wide range of visual impairments beyond just blurriness. It can include conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and more. Each of these conditions affects vision differently, from loss of peripheral vision to blind spots or difficulty with contrast and color perception.

Some people have extreme tunnel vision, where it feels like they are looking through a straw. Others have the opposite situation, where they can only see through their peripheral vision, while things straight in front are obscured. Some people have serious aversions to bright light, and some people have extra difficulty in low light.

Everyone experiences the world differently. At FBC, we strive to help everyone with low vision maximize their useable vision. At our Low Vision Clinic, we help folks understand their vision and provide tools that can help them do more.

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Low Vision Awareness Month

Support and awareness play a crucial role in empowering individuals with low vision to live fulfilling and independent lives. By raising awareness about the challenges faced by those with low vision, we can foster greater understanding and empathy within our communities. Additionally, advocating for accessibility and inclusive design in public spaces, schools, and workplaces can help create environments that accommodate the needs of individuals with low vision.

Join us in spreading awareness for Low Vision Awareness Month!

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