DUNEDIN, Fla., – On Thursday, things changed significantly for a woman who hasn’t been able to read newspapers or see her husband’s and daughter’s faces in over three years.
Rose Wing, an 81-year-old Seminole, Florida resident who suffers from a common ailment for seniors called macular degeneration, underwent an eye exam and received telescopic lenses to correct her vision.
When Wing’s daughter saw something on television about low vision, they reached out to Low Vision Support, which was founded by Dr. Ed Huggett, a board-certified optometric physician specializing in low vision and vision rehabilitation. Huggett is the one of the most experienced doctors in Florida when it comes to tackling the condition, and he was happy to help.
“There are a ton of seniors here in Florida who suffer from age-related macular degeneration,” said Huggett. “Whether we use traditional telescopic lenses or if a person qualifies, we may even be able to use implantable telescopic lenses, but we are very hopeful that we can successfully correct their vision problem.”
Age-related macular degeneration affects millions of Americans and according to the National Institute of Health, the amount of AMD cases are expected to increase in the coming years as baby boomers continue to grow older.
AMD causes a loss of central vision, the inability to read, make out faces and see things in detail.
If you or someone you know suffers from low vision, visit lowvisionsupport.org for more information to learn about how Low Vision Support can help. You can also call directly at 727.463.2579.