Overcoming the Challenges of Losing Vision and Losing Hope: 5 Steps to Take

Posted By Key-Whitman Eye Center || 1-Jun-2016

Research studies link vision loss to depression. This may seem inevitable, because loss of vision is directly linked to lower quality of life scores, but there is another way to look at this issue. Key-Whitman Eye Center’s Plano eye doctor Sadaf Razi, O.D., believes it’s important to shift the focus from the negative to positive and offers five proactive steps people with vision loss can take to resolve challenges.

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According to Dr. Razi, “It’s natural to feel sad or get frustrated when vision loss is affecting activities of daily living. However, there are plenty of options available to slow the progression of eye disease and cope with vision loss, too.”

Dr. Razi encourages patients with risk factors for vision loss (especially a family history of eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease), and those who have already experienced loss of vision, to consider the following five steps:

1. Prevent vision loss from occurring in the first place.

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The same holds true when it comes to diagnosing and treating eye diseases that can cause permanent vision loss.

“Many diseases, like glaucoma and macular degeneration are silent diseases, which can have a very strong effect (permanent vision loss) when they advance. Because symptoms don’t show up until these diseases progress, many people aren’t aware they have these underlying conditions. Preventive care is key for diagnosing and managing diseases that can be visually detrimental.”

Dr. Razi discusses the unknown risk factors of glaucoma and importance of having routine eye exams to slow the disease.

2. Maximize the vision you have left.

Just because your vision loss is already noticeable, that doesn’t mean you can’t maintain much of the vision you have remaining.

According to Dr. Razi, “Early intervention and prevention are key. For example, there are excellent, evidence-based nutritional supplements available to treat eye diseases like macular degeneration. And working closely with your eye doctor to manage your glaucoma with the appropriate combination of prescription eye drops, and being vigilant about complying with your treatment plan, can significantly slow the progression of the disease.”

Plus, if cataracts are the culprits, cataract surgery with high technology lens implants can typically restore or even increase your range of vision.

3. Let your primary care physician know if you are feeling depressed.

If you feel any sadness or depression due to vision loss, talk with your primary care physician. Loss of vision is one of the highest ranked concerns expressed by Dr. Razi’s patients. This is especially true within the geriatric population who fear losing their independence.

Dr. Razi explains the common frustrations patients experience due to vision loss.

“We are very empathetic with our patients. If a patient is feeling down, we suggest he or she asks their primary care physician (in conjunction with the patient’s insurance provider) to refer them to a mental health professional in their network,” Dr. Razi says.

4. Tap into resources available through your city or senior center.

There are many resources available, depending on where you live and the severity of your vision loss. Primary care physicians are typically up to speed on services available in their communities.

As Dr. Razi explains, “Most municipalities provide services to patients with low vision, such as rides to doctor’s appointments or help with grocery shopping or household chores. Many senior centers also offer services to assist geriatric patients with basic functions, especially as their eye diseases progress.”

5. Ask a low-vision specialist about visual aids.

Dr. Razi often refers patients with advanced eye disease to low-vision specialists for additional help and resources.

“Low-vision specialists can design solutions like CCTV tools that magnify check books and other reading materials. In some cases, the specialist can create telescopic lenses for patients who had to give up driving, which may even allow them to drive again,” says Dr. Razi.

Hope is on the horizon

Don’t let the fear or frustration of vision loss get you down. There are plenty of resources available now, and the number of new and improved treatments for eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease is growing every day.

We can help! To schedule an eye health exam with an eye care specialist at Key-Whitman Eye Center in Dallas, North Dallas, Arlington, South Arlington, Mesquite or Plano, please call (855) 410-8106, or you can set up an appointment online here.

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