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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.

Blurred Vision? You Could Be Having Ocular Migraines

Although migraines are typically thought to manifest in the form of headaches, ocular migraines also exist. Also known as retinal migraines, ocular migraines take the form of temporary visual disturbances, and can blur the vision in either one or both eyes depending on the severity. Fortunately, ocular migraines are usually harmless, and will resolve themselves without treatment in about 20 to 30 minutes. However, if you experience ocular migraines frequently, there may be an underlying cause which requires treatment.

Ocular Migraine Symptoms

Ocular migraines typically present a variety of visual symptoms. One major indicator is a blind spot in your vision that becomes increasingly larger. This is called a scotoma, which may also result in a partial loss of vision temporarily. If the symptoms worsen, you may also see flashing or flickering lights, also known as scintillations. This can cause the blind spot to move across your field of vision, blurring your eyesight.

This episode may only last a few minutes, and can be signalled by a migraine prodrome. A migraine prodrome is usually subtle, and can cause mood swings, spontaneous cravings, or fatigue. This will typically occur days or even weeks before the onset of an ocular migraine. If you feel you experience migraine prodromes frequently, it may be time to seek medical treatment.

Ocular Migraine Treatment

Fortunately, ocular migraines are generally harmless. They usually resolve on their own and will not require further treatment. However, if your symptoms worsen, preventive treatments for headache migraines such as tricyclic antidepressants and anti-seizure medications may be beneficial. Aspirin and beta blockers may also be helpful for the pain associated with ocular migraines.

Behavioral changes, such as relaxation techniques and stress reduction, may help to lessen the severity of ocular migraines. Regardless, it is important to be examined by an eye care professional to best determine the state of your eye health and your recommended course of treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ghosheh today, and feel free to contact us with any eye health questions and concerns.