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As Low Vision Awareness Month winds down at the end of February, it is nice to know that as one of the largest providers of Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation Services in the greater St. Louis area, our Drews Low Vision Clinic, the aids and equipment we have available and other services in the home are recognized by other professionals as important to their patients experience vision loss.
This is demonstrated by the number of referrals we receive from area Ophthalmologists, but also a recent article appearing in The Health Planet magazine authored by Denise Pott, a Clinical Social Worker who does in-home care for Assistance Home Care entitled “Preventing Vision Loss in Older Adults” in which she encourages these with vision loss to come to our clinic and/or obtain important devices and tools to help a person “function more normally with decreased vision”.
Although we know the importance and quality of our work and services, it is always good to hear others talking about what we can do for so many.
David Ekin, ACSW, LCSW
Glaucoma, commonly referred to as the “sneak thief of sight,” currently affects nearly three million people, ages 40 and older, and will continue to increase as our population ages. The number of people age 40 & older experiencing Glaucoma is expected to double by 2032 and increase by 90 % to 5.5 million by 2050.
Glaucoma can lead to vision loss if not controlled, and treatment cannot reverse any damage already done to the eye but only prevent further loss. Glaucoma consists of physiological changes that alters the physical conditions under which light enters the eye or compromises the cellular function or neural pathways that relay information about the physical environment to the eye or the brain. Additionally, in the early and intermediate stages of glaucoma, changes in vision may not be noticeable without a dilated eye examination, despite ongoing damage to structures of the visual system.
More information can be found at http://www.preventblindness.org/glaucoma.
If you or someone you know is having vision problems due to Glaucoma it is important to continue treatment with a Glaucoma Specialist. The services the Society provides, especially the Drews Low Vision Clinic can help a person better function despite their vision loss.
David Ekin, President