Your Provider of Low Vision Services
The common school of thought regarding vision problems is that they all can be cured through the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, certain conditions often won’t respond to such treatments. These can produce a cumulative result known as low vision. Currently, nearly 1 in every 28 Americans over the age of 40 deals with this problem, making it an issue that we here at Dr. McGahen’s office are all too familiar with.
Causes of Low Vision
Low vision refers to any eye problems that are not correctable through routine treatments. Most often, there are the results of vision-related conditions such as:
- Glaucoma: Glaucoma refers to the loss of peripheral vision over time. Over 3 million Americans are believed to be affected by this condition.
- Macular degeneration: The breakdown of the part of the eye that provides straight-on vision – the macula – is referred to as macular degeneration. This degenerative condition is currently the leading case of vision problems in people over 65, with an estimated 2 million people suffering from it and as many as 7 million more at risk of its effects.
- Diabetic retinopathy: The damage caused by high blood sugar that diabetics are forced to deal with can also affect the retina in the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is reported to have been diagnosed in over 7.6 million Americans.
- Cataracts: With more than 20 million confirmed cases in the U.S., cataracts is the leading cause of vision loss in America. This clouding of the lens often occurs as a natural result of aging.
There is Help
Yet if you happen to be afflicted with any of these conditions, not to worry; Dr. McGahen and our staff are ready to help. We can help by providing aids to help restore independent living.
Contact Us Today
Many are often surprised to learn that there are indeed visual acuity problems that a standard eye doctor cannot treat. Fortunately, Dr. McGahen is not your standard eye doctor. As the only optometric specialist in the area qualified to treat low vision, Dr. McGahen can help you rehabilitate your eyes from the effects of degenerative eye disease and enhance the vision you have left. Don’t think that you have to suffer through another cloudy day. Call (717) 264-4012 to schedule a consultation appointment today, or simply fill out our convenient online contact form.