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February is Low Vision Awareness Month

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This February we are helping to raise awareness of low vision and AMD as part of Low Vision Awareness Month. Low vision is a type of vision impairment. Which means those living with low vision will have difficulty completing everyday activities even with the aid of traditional treatment methods such as eyeglasses and contact lenses.

What Causes Low Vision?

Different types of eye conditions can cause low vision. Most commonly these include AMD, Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma. Which are all well-known eye conditions. They can be detected quite simply by your local eye health care provider with the use of an OCT scan.

Low vision is usually more common amongst older adults, due to the increased risk of these common eye conditions associated with ageing. Ageing alone will, however, not cause low vision.

If you think you have low vision, get to your local optician now for an eye test!

Which type of low vision you may experience will be determined by the condition that has caused it. The different types of low vision are:

  • Central vision loss, is where the centre of your vision is most impacted
  • Peripheral vision loss, with this type, you will not be able to see things out of the corners of your eyes
  • Night blindness 
  • Blurry vision
Blurred vision


An assessment of your eye health by completing an eye examination may result in a diagnosis of low vision. It is very important to visit your local optician should you begin to struggle to complete daily activities like travelling, cooking, working or school due to vision difficulties.

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Your eyes and your sight are very important. Taking the steps to keep them healthy include making regular visits to your eye health care provider.

The key to preventing low vision is to detect the signs of these common eye conditions as early as possible. This is to prevent them from causing irreversible damage to your vision. Early detection and treatment can make a big difference to the results of treatment and management. Often these conditions do not always offer warning signs, so scheduling an appointment every 2 years is recommended for all adults in the UK.

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Find Your Local Optician Today 

To find your local Essilor partnered optician, our handy optician finder has been created to make this process as simple as ever. Helping you to get in touch with your nearest optician and book an appointment in a quick and easy way. Use our optician finder today.

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