Though lost vision cannot be restored, a combination of vision training, rehabilitation and low vision devices can provide independence and an increased quality of life. The key is working in tandem with a low vision specialist. Other professionals, such as social workers, instructors, technicians and therapists, can also play a part in restoring independence. With proper training, some people can even learn to drive while wearing their low vision devices.
Depending on the underlying eye disease, surgical and/or pharmaceutical treatments are sometimes available. For example, for those with wet AMD, there are a number of injectable medicines (such as Lucentis) that can help prevent further vision loss and improve vision in some cases. For those with cataracts, the replacement of the cloudy lens with an IOL (intra-ocular lens) can make a tremendous difference. Glaucoma, if detected early, can be managed with prescription eye drops in many cases. Unfortunately, medical solutions aren’t available for all eye conditions or don’t always improve a patient’s vision to the level they expect. In these cases, low vision devices are successful in helping maximize the remaining vision so that patients can improve their quality of life.
Proper eye health can be accentuated by a diet full of vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A, C and E as well as Selenium and Zinc can help with vision. In addition, some people find that dietary supplements (including Lutein and Zeaxanthin) can also be helpful. Contact your eye care professional before making any changes to your diet or before taking any supplements.