The “English Longitudinal Study of Ageing” has found that people with poor eyesight are three to five times more likely than those with good eyesight to suffer from low quality of life, poor psychological health, and depression.1
When those inequalities are accounted for, however, the impact of poor eyesight itself makes almost no difference. By awakening and strengthening other senses that have lain dormant in deference to sight, up to 99% of all normal daily living activities can be continued, and quality of life can be maintained.
How well are you adapting to visual impairment?
How can you tell if you are adapting as well as possible to the most important facets of your everyday life? This survey can help visually impaired and blind individuals assess how well they are adapting. It is similar to a needs assessment questionnaire used by rehabilitation specialists, but it is designed for self- analysis at home. Individuals with corrected bilateral visual acuity of 20/70 or worse will benefit the most.
How do vision loss and eye disease affect mental health?
Age-related eye disease and other eye problems and conditions can cause loss of vision. For some, loss of vision can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and loss of independence. Not everyone who has vision loss will experience depression or anxiety.
Driving and Low Vision
For many people, the ability to drive is an important part of maintaining independence. Part of understanding whether you can drive safely and legally is understanding the licensing requirements in your state.
1 Marmot M, Banks J, Blundell R, Lessof C, Nazroo J. Health, Wealth and Lifestyles of the Older Population in England. The 2002 English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. London: Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2003. 2 “An Examination of Sensory Contributions to Independent Activities of Daily Living” by Dan Roberts (published at www.mdsupport.org/sensory.html, February 2011)