July is just around the corner and it is the month for celebrating not only our nation's independence but it is also Senior Independence Month. With one in six adults aged 65 or older suffering from a vision impairment that cannot be fixed with corrective lenses, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)¬† is offering suggestions to seniors looking to maintain their vision as well as their independence. For those suffering from low vision, the AAO offers the following bits of advice for dealing with the condition:
- Consult an ophthalmologist at least once a year.
- Keep a magnifier on hand to help with small print.
- Make sure your room is well-lit.
- Label your prescription medications so they are more easily identified.
- Stay involved in activities and don't be afraid to ask for assistance when you need it.