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Coping With the Challenges Relating to Vision Loss

Losing one’s vision is one of the greatest life challenges that one can experience. However difficult a condition it may be, there are vision aids that can help patients cope with the struggle.

Fortunately, vision disorders like corneal disease or diabetic retinopathy can be treated. On the other hand, there are conditions that cannot be treated, leading to vision loss. However, the biggest challenge with vision problems is the emotional toll on the patient.

To better cope with vision problems, therapeutic counseling can help. It alleviates the negative feelings of helplessness, depression, anxiety and loneliness, which generally occur in people who lost their vision during their adult life.

Counseling also contributes to a better understanding of the grief relating to vision problems. It also educates loved ones on how to deal with the emotional and physiological challenges being experienced by the patient.

Adjustment class can also teach the patient how to deal with the vision disorder through alternative mobility techniques and confidence-building.

Of course, low-vision devices can greatly help alleviate the challenges. Glasses and contact lenses are the common aids. Other popular vision aids include reading prisms and magnifying glasses.

Nontraditional options include braille, check guides, assisted-reading software and large-print media.

If you or a loved one is struggling with vision problems, it pays to speak with a doctor regarding the condition. With advice and recommendations, you can make an intelligent choice as to what’s the most helpful vision aid that best suits your predicament.

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Dr. Feiten was born and raised in Wisconsin, attending the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for her undergraduate studies. She graduated from Pacific University with her Doctor of Optometry degree in 1987. She practiced in Kentucky for seven years, receiving the Young OD of the Year Award in 1994.

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