Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people aged 60 and above. It is a painless, age related condition that can affect one or both of the eyes. It is not unusual for one eye to experience macular degeneration before the other and during these early stages, you may not have any other symptoms.
This vision impeding condition occurs when the macula, the central part of the retina, starts to deteriorate and although there is nothing that can reverse the ageing process, there’s lots we can do in earlier life to prevent it. Plus there’s plenty we can do at the later stage to slow down the process too.
Ultimately though, modern medicine has not yet found a cure. And those who develop the very early signs of the condition need to be prepared for loss of wide angle vision (such as blurring or distortions), contrast sensitivity (it becomes difficult to see textures and subtle changes in the environment), poor tolerance for changing light levels, worsened night vision and need for brighter lighting, and impaired depth perception.
For low vision complaints and conditions such as macular degeneration, there are a number of vision enhancing accessories that could be handy to use around the home. Here are some magnifying tools which you may find helpful.
Acrylic Magnifying Bar
Acrylic bar magnifiers are fantastic for avid readers or anyone who needs to read a lot of paperwork for work or the household.
If you are suffering from low vision but would like to continue reading regularly, the Acrylic Bar Magnifier (available in 160mm or 210mm) from SelectSpecs could make a huge differnce to day to day life.
Traditional Magnifier Tools
A specialist magnifying glass designed for people with low vision and macular degeneration is a very useful accessory to keep at home or at the office.
The Waltex Classic Plastic Magnifer from SelectSpecs is extremely affordable and comes available in 50mm, 63mm or 90mm.
If you want something that is much more durable, a tough magnifying tool that will last and last, we also have the Traditional Chrome Magnifier (+2.00 / 90mm), which has been designed with a smooth, ergonomic handle for an easy and comfortable hold.