Category: Low Vision

Functional Vision Loss

According to the World Health Organization, 2.2 billion people worldwide have a visual impairment. William Smith, DO, Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, projects that all these individuals have some level of functional vision loss. The prevalence is expected to double over the next 30 years due to an aging population. Definition of Functional Vision Loss What is functional vision loss, anyway? Functional vision is how the individual is utilizing their vision as related to real-world activities. Functional vision is separate from visual function, which is what is measured and tested during an eye

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Be My Eyes App

According to the World Health Organization, over a billion people globally have some form of visual impairment. These impairments can vary greatly, and while some can be resolved with glasses, contact lenses, medications, or surgical interventions, many more have not yet been solved. This includes such conditions as an unaddressed refractive error (123.7 million), cataract (65.2 million), glaucoma (6.9 million), corneal opacities (4.2 million), diabetic retinopathy (3 million), and many more. With an increasingly aging population around the world, these conditions will continue to affect millions of people and how they live their daily lives. Read on to learn more