Treatment Options

Though reduced vision usually cannot be reversed, a combination of low vision devices, training and practice can increase independence and quality of life. The key is working in tandem with low vision specialists—ophthalmologists and optometrists. Other professionals, such as social workers, instructors, technicians and therapists, can also play a part in supporting ones needs. With proper training and licensure, some eligible people can even learn to drive while wearing their special bioptic low vision devices.

Medical solutions
Depending on the underlying eye disease, surgical and/or medication treatments are sometimes available that may slow down or even reverse some of the vision loss. For example, for those with wet AMD, injectable medicines (anti-VegF) may help prevent further vision loss and improve vision in some cases. For those with cataracts, the surgical replacement of the cloudy lens with an intra-ocular lens (IOL) can make a tremendous difference.  Glaucoma, if detected early, can usually be controlled with prescription eye drops that lower the eye pressure (IOP).  Research on new drugs and genetic treatments are underway that may offer promise in the future.

Nutrition/Diet solutions
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.