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Low Vision Brooklyn

Low Vision Brooklyn

As your eyes naturally age, they become susceptible to sight-threatening eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy. As a result of these eye conditions, people may suffer loss of their peripheral vision or central vision, which may result in them experiencing low vision. Low vision is an impairment to vision that cannot be adequately corrected with medical, surgical, therapy, conventional eyewear or contact lenses. Low vision significantly impairs the functioning and independence of the patient, but does not mean total loss of vision or complete blindness. In fact, our Brooklyn low vision doctor find that many people with low vision still have some potentially useful vision. However, these visual difficulties and visual impairments reduce their corrected vision to a level worse than 20/60, which makes everyday activities extremely difficult.

The goal of the low vision services and devices from Brook Plaza Ophthalmolgy is to enable low vision patients to improve their ability to use their remaining vision in order to maintain independence and a general standard of living. Some devices that may help low vision patients maintain their current lifestyle include adjustable light, magnifying devices, closed-circuit television, electronic reading machines, large-print publications, computer systems with voice-recognition, and telescopes.

Vision loss and low vision has several warning signs. Are you having difficulty recognizing faces and fine details? Do lights seem dimmer than normal? Are you finding it hard to tell the difference between certain colors? If you’re experiencing some of the above changes in your vision, it is recommended that you visit Brook Plaza Ophthalmology. Receiving regular eye exams with a licensed Brooklyn ophthalmologist is to detect changes in your vision before they start interfering with your life.

Ophthalmologist Brooklyn
1987 Utica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11234
718-968-8700

Flatlands Brooklyn Retinal Specialist

Flatlands Brooklyn Retinal Specialist

Take Care of Your Eyes with Brooklyn Eye Doctors at Brook Plaza Ophthalmology

Sight-threatening eye problems affect one in six adults aged 45 and older. And your risk for vision loss increases with age. In fact, a recent American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) report estimates that more than 43 million Americans will develop age-related eye diseases by the year 2020. To protect your eyesight and keep your eyes healthy as you age, our Flatlands eye doctors ask that you consider these simple guidelines:

Be aware of your risk for eye diseases. Find out about your family’s health history. Do you or any of your family suffer from diabetes or have high blood pressure? Are you over the age of 65? Are you an African-American over the age of 40? Any or all of these traits increase your risk for sight-threatening eye diseases. Regular eye exams can detect problems early and help preserve your eyesight. Our Flatlands ophthalmologists treats the following eye conditions and diseases: cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, glaucoma, low vision, macular degeneration, pterygium, and ptosis.

Brook Plaza Ophthalmology

Brook Plaza Ophthalmology

Have regular exams to check for diabetes and high blood pressure. If left untreated, these diseases can cause eye problems. In particular, diabetes and high blood pressure can lead to diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma and ocular hypertension.

Look for changes in your vision. If you start noticing changes in your vision, see your eye doctor immediately. Trouble signs include double vision, hazy vision and difficulty seeing in low light conditions. Other signs to look for are frequent flashes of light, floaters, and eye pain and swelling. All of these signs and symptoms can indicate a potential eye health problem that needs immediate attention.

Protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. You should always wear sunglasses with proper UV protection to shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. This may reduce your risk of cataracts and other eye damage.

Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Numerous studies have shown that antioxidants can possibly reduce the risk of cataracts. These antioxidants are obtained from eating a diet containing plentiful amounts of fruits and colorful or dark green vegetables. Studies have also shown that eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids may also prevent macular degeneration.

Get your eyes checked at least every two years. A thorough eye exam at Brook Plaza Ophthalmology, including dilating your pupils, can detect major eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, which has no early warning signs or symptoms. A comprehensive eye exam also can ensure that your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses is accurate and up-to-date.

Don’t smoke. The many dangers of smoking have been well documented. When it comes to eye health, people who smoke are at greater risk of developing age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Following these steps is no guarantee of perfect vision throughout your lifetime. But maintaining a healthy lifestyle and having regular eye exams with Flatlands eye doctors, Dr. Jacob Ackerman, Dr. Adam Lish, Dr. Dennis Metz, Dr. Jacob Schafran, and Dr. Alexander Aizman, will certainly decrease your risk of sight-stealing eye problems and help you enjoy your precious gift of eyesight to the fullest.

Flatlands Eye Doctors
1987 Utica Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11234
718-968-8700