Low Vision Awareness MonthFebruary is Low Vision Awareness Month; Westerville doctor specializes in treatment
WESTERVILLE, OHIO—February is Low Vision Awareness Month and the perfect time to identify optical devices, techniques, modifications, and adaptive devices that can help you optimize your low vision concerns. Westerville’s Eye Surgical & Medical practice at 550 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite D, has a low vision specialist in Dr. Tatiana Hammond, who helps patients diagnosed with the condition.
“Examples of devices that can help low vision patients include magnifiers, closed-circuit television, large-print playing cards or talking watches,” said Dr. Hammond, who was born in Colombia and speaks fluent Spanish. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, Ohio Optometric Association, and Central Ohio Optometric Association. Dr. Hammond has provided free eye examinations in Ecuador with the Volunteers for Optometric Services to Humanity. “It’s important to work with your health care team for ongoing treatment that can help preserve remaining vision.”
Low vision is often caused by conditions such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, eye injuries, brain injury, or birth defects. Low vision can manifest as blurred and/or hazy vision, night blindness, and loss of central and/or peripheral vision.
Low vision sufferers often do not find relief from symptoms by using glasses or contacts. A diagnosis often involves a variety of tests and is typically more time consuming than a standard vision exam.
“A diagnosis helps us get on track to relieving symptoms for low vision sufferers,” said Hammond. “We can help patients preserve their vision and continue to enjoy every day life with adaptive devices and magnifiers.”
Eye Surgical and Medical Care opened in 1989 and is a leading vision correction and eye surgery center that specializes in cataract surgery, refractive surgery, disease management and optometry services. For more information give us a call (614) 889-2020.