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Low Vision Awareness Day

Low Vision

Newsdate: 2 July 2015

Nearly 2 million people in the UK are affected by low vision. Low vision is when a person’s sight can't necessarily be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. It doesn't develop just because of old age. Your vision can get worse as a result of conditions such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy.

Very few people have complete ‘black’ blindness, so any remaining eyesight needs to be maximised. People often go to a clinic hoping that a pair of glasses will fix their vision, but this may not always be possible. Low vision is treated by maximising the patient’s eyesight beyond what glasses or contact lenses can achieve.

If you suffer from sight problems and need support, a wealth of help and advice is available at a local Low Vision Day.

The event is being held on Wednesday 8 July 2015 from 10am to 3pm on the ground floor of the Wigan Library. It is supported by Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT; with staff from the Low vision Clinic on hand to give advice.

A range of low vision aids will be available to try and is a great opportunity to meet and speak to organisations offering support and guidance. Exhibition stalls will be held by Age UK, RNIB, Action for Blind People, Wigan Talking News, WLCT Active Living to mention just a few.

No need to book a place; just turn up on the day.