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Low vision, blindness does not stop independence

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Gary Luffey, an area ophthalmologist, said low vision is considered eye sight that, when best corrected, is still 20/60.

“Three main causes of low vision are diabetic retinophthology, age related macular degeneration and glaucoma,” Luffey said. “Typically, all adults 65 and older should be seen annually for an eye exam, and all diabetics, no matter what their age, should be seen annually.”

He added that research is being conducted in all three areas.

“Treatment for macular degeneration includes lasers to injectible medicines to letting the retina repair itself,” he said.

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