Macular degeneration is a common age-related eye disease that affects the macula, which is responsible for detailed central vision. It can lead to a significant loss of visual acuity, making it difficult to perform daily tasks such as reading, driving, and recognizing faces.
But the impact of macular degeneration goes beyond just vision loss. Many people with macular degeneration also experience depression.
Fortunately, by using low vision aids and devices, it’s possible to make the most of your remaining vision and increase your independence. Call us at Low Vision of Arizona in Gilbert today to schedule a low vision consultation.
What is Depression?
Depression is a common mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can be triggered by various factors, including chronic illness, pain, and disability. Macular degeneration is one such medical condition linked to higher rates of depression.
The Macular Degeneration and Depression Connection
For people with macular degeneration, the loss of central vision can be an overwhelming experience. Feelings of isolation, frustration, and helplessness are common, especially during the first days and weeks after diagnosis. This can significantly impact their mental health, leading to depression. The emotional toll of macular degeneration is often underestimated, but it’s a critical aspect of the disease that should not be ignored.
What Can a Low Vision Optometrist Do to Help?
This is where low-vision optometrists come in.
Low-vision optometrists specialize in helping people with visual impairments, including those with macular degeneration. They work closely with patients to provide customized solutions that improve their quality of life, including strategies to help manage depression.
Low-vision optometrists assess a patient’s vision and, based on the findings, provide them with specialized low-vision aids, such as magnifiers, special eyeglasses, telescopes, and more. These aids can help patients regain much of their independence and reduce the sense of isolation and dependence that often accompanies vision loss.
With the right low vision aids and devices, people with macular degeneration can maintain a high quality of life and continue to enjoy the activities they love. Whether you love to read, garden, cook, watch TV, or use a digital device, we can provide the low vision tools that can help.
Call Low Vision of Arizona in Gilbert to schedule your appointment today. We're here to support you!
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