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Living With Low Vision

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Since we cataract surgery is now so advanced, and effective, many people might assume all diseases that can rob us of sight are as treatable. 

In fact, as many as 800,000 Canadians are currently living with eyesight that’s not correctable with glasses, and severe enough to interfere with everyday tasks like reading a prescription label or navigating safely down the street.

But while there’s not yet a way of restoring sight to such individuals, we do have tools — both high- and low-tech — that people can use to adapt to living with limited vision, and to make the most of their remaining eyesight.

You can learn more by reading this health feature I wrote for Good Times in March 2016: ‘Living With Low Vision.’

My heartfelt thanks to the interviewees who so kindly shared their time and expertise with me for the story:

Image (simulating macular degeneration) courtesy of the (US) National Eye Institute