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VisionAware

Resources for Independent Living with Vision Loss

American Foundation for the Blind® | Reader's Digest Partners for Sight

Your Eye Condition

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Some changes in vision are normal as we grow older. This section of our website can help you understand these vision changes, alert you to abnormal changes in vision, and give you information about the primary causes of vision loss for adults, including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.

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    Eye Health

    Learn about the different kinds of eye care professionals and the components of regular and low vision eye exams.
  • view of inner eye to check for glaucoma

    Glaucoma

    Glaucoma is an eye disease in which the normal fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises, leading to vision loss or even blindness. New to vision loss? Our Getting Started Kit can help.

  • simulation of what someone with diabetic retinopathy sees -- blind spots as well as blurriness

    Diabetic Retinopathy;

    Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the small blood cells in the retina. It can cause "blind spots," blurring, and vision loss. New to vision loss? Our Getting Started Kit can help.

  • simulation of what someone with cataracts see -- blurry view of two boys

    Cataracts

    A cataract is a progressive cloudiness, hardening, and yellowing of the normally transparent lens of the eye.

  • simulation of what someone with macular degeneration might see -- blurry areas, with a blind spot in the center

    Macular Degeneration

    Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a gradual, progressive, painless deterioration of the macula, which is the small area in the center of the retina that gives us our detail vision. New to vision loss? Our Getting Started Kit can help.

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    Guide to Eye Conditions

    Learn more about a variety of eye conditions that can cause vision loss and problems with everyday functioning. New to vision loss? Our Getting Started Kit can help.

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