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Time for a Clearer Vision

"I can see clearly now, the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way...."


As time marches on for many of us these lyrics are becoming much more metaphorical than literal. There is little doubt that aging has an enormous impact upon our vision.


Have you ever struggled to read a menu? Finding it increasingly difficult to read instructions or fine print such as the telephone book? Do you find it difficult to thread your fishing hooks without squinting? While all of these examples appear innocuous, if you answer yes to any of these then there is a very real possibility that you may have a level of visual impairment.


The World Health Organisation estimates 161 million people worldwide have a visual impairment. Of these, 37 million are blind and 124 million have low vision (World Health Organization, 2000). Among people age 65 and older, 21% report some form of vision impairment (The Lighthouse Inc., 1995). Based on 2000 population estimates, this represents 7.3 million persons.


According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics we have an increasing aging population. In the 12 months to 30 June 2009, the number of people aged 65 years and over in Australia increased by 85,800 people representing a 3% increase. As a matter of fact, in the 12 months to 30 June 2009, the number of people aged 85 years and over increased by 21,000 people (5.8%) to reach 383,400. With the "baby boomer" generation beginning to fall into these age brackets the number of people having some form of vision impairment will only increase.


There are a number of low vision aids now available to assist persons requiring vision assistance. Magnifiers are no longer exclusive to Sherlock Holmes or high tech forensic laboratories. There is a magnifier available that is both cost efficient and unobtrusive for almost every daily situation. For example, if you find it difficult to read the dosage recommendations printed on your medicine bottle there is a magnifier available to attach to the bottle to increase the size of the label's print.


Perhaps you are finding it difficult to read your newspaper or your recipe books whilst in the kitchen. Then a page magnifier may be the ideal solution for you. This flat A4 sized magnifier increases the size of text by two times when held just above the surface of the reading area. In fact, there are magnifiers available for hobbies such as stamp collecting, needlework, model construction and painting. Perhaps most importantly, there are even magnifying mirrors and specially designed magnifying spectacles to assist with applying makeup.


Visit www.eyecessories.com.au to view a comprehensive range of low vision aids and many other optical accessories.

Last modified on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 13:48
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