Living Well with Low Vision

Low vision is a degenerative ocular disease that causes a loss of vision that is not correctable using prescription glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery. In fact, there is no medical cure at all. A person with low vision may find it difficult to accomplish everyday activities such as reading, driving and facial recognition. Although low vision in a not a normal part of the aging process, and loss of eyesight cannot be regained, there are many tools that exist so that you can live well with your remaining eyesight. With that in mind, here are some tips and tools you can use to maximize your remaining vision and live well.

Use Large Print Devices and Magnifying Glasses

Many household items and digital devices come in larger versions. These larger print versions, including books, clocks and other products, can be read more easily when the text is larger, and will be easily purchasable at any store. You can also zoom in on most web browsers, including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, which will make reading webpages much easier.

Use Talking Devices for the Visually Impaired

Many household items can be purchased in ‘talking versions’ for those who are visually impaired. These include watches, timers and even books in the form of audio books. Make the most of computer and electronic devices, so that everything from typing on the computer to timing dinner in the oven can be accomplished with relative ease.

Compensate With Your Other Senses

It has long been said that your other sense will start to make up for the other when it becomes somewhat unusable. For example, those will low vision can start to rely more on their hearing to make up for their comparable lack of vision, and use the feel of texture to touch their way around environments. By redesigning your home environment to adapt more to your other senses, you will be able to navigate much easier and adapt your home to your lack of coherent vision.

If you follow these tips, living with low vision won’t be nearly as big of a problem, and you will be able to live a normal and sustainable life with minimal assistance. Contact Dr. Ghosheh to set up an appointment learn about how to take care of your eyes the best way possible.

What You Need to Know About Optic Neuritis

Your optic nerve plays a significant role in your ability to see. It carries images to your brain, where the information is deciphered. If the optic nerve becomes inflamed and swollen, it is called optic neuritis, and it can cause pain and temporary vision loss. Optic neuritis is often the first symptom of multiple sclerosis, this is because the optic nerve is part of the central nervous system which is often the first area of the body to be affected by the disease.

Signs and symptoms

Optic neuritis usually occurs in one eye, though it is possible to have it in both eyes at the same time. The most common symptom of optic neuritis is pain. The inflammation typically causes sufferers to experience pain when moving their eyes. Another symptom of optic neuritis is temporary loss of vision which may last for a couple of hours to a few weeks. Because of the severity of these symptoms it is critical to seek medical attention immediately. Once an ophthalmologist diagnoses you with optic neuritis, it is necessary to see a neurologist to get a full MRI scan to determine if you have multiple sclerosis. It is important to understand that just because you develop optic neuritis does not mean that you automatically have MS but an MRI I can help your doctor assess your risk. It is also best at this point to discuss the possibility of using disease-modifying drugs to reduce your risk of developing MS or lessen its severity.

Causes

MS is not the only disease that causes optic neuritis.
Other autoimmune disorders such as lupus, Behcet’s disease, and sarcoidosis can also cause optic neuritis. In addition, respiratory, viral, fungal, and bacterial infections may lead to optic neuritis as well. B12 deficiency has also been linked to the disease.
Since optic neuritis has so many causes, it is important to seek medical attention so you can be properly diagnosed and treated.

Additional Information You Should Know

-About 50% of all people with multiple sclerosis experiences optic neuritis.

-Recurrences are not uncommon, though it is unknown why some people experience recurrences while others do not.

-Optic neuritis may go away on its own after a few weeks, but it clears up faster when treated with IV steroids.

-While IV steroids help to return your vision faster, they don’t eliminate the possibility of some slight changes in vision.

-However, many studies have shown that taking oral steroids does not help to rid patients of the disease and can actually increases their likelihood of developing at again.

-Most people regain 20/20 vision after having experienced optic neuritis. However, the disease may affect ability to distinguish between colors. And some people have reported being able to see better in dim rather than bright light.

Now that you have some more information about optic neuritis be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ghosheh if you suspect you have this disorder. If you have any further questions about optic neuritis and MS feel free to reach out to us. To schedule a free consultation, visit laserforeyes.com.