Elevating Eye Care: Minnesota’s Dr. Palmer Paving the Way for Low Vision Awareness and Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month in February

Image of a man with a child on their shoulders as seen through the lens of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

United States, 13th Feb 2024, King NewsWireFebruary marks National Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Low Vision Awareness Month, drawing attention to a significant health issue affecting Americans aged 60 and older. AMD stands as a primary cause of low vision and blindness in this demographic, impacting approximately 1.6 million individuals in the United States. With the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, the prevalence of AMD is anticipated to rise considerably, prompting concerns about its potential public health impact.

AMD is characterized by the gradual deterioration of central vision, impairing tasks such as reading and driving due to the blurring of fine details. This condition primarily affects the macula, a critical area of the eye responsible for detailed vision.

The leading causes of low vision in the United States are AMD, followed by glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Low vision significantly disrupts daily activities, including reading, shopping, cooking, and driving, causing frustration and anxiety for affected individuals.

Several risk factors contribute to the development of AMD, including age, genetics, diet, weight, smoking, other eye conditions, systemic diseases, gender, race, and exposure to UV light.

Low vision care offers personalized solutions to improve the quality of life for individuals affected by vision loss. Specialists like Minnesota’s Dr. Palmer, trained at the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), focus on enhancing independence through prescription glasses like bioptic telescope glasses. 

Low vision rehabilitation is the standard of care as stated by both the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Low vision solutions are recommended based one’s personal life and favorite activities, not just their level of usable vision. Low vision specialists like Dr. Palmer work closely with each person to determine the best visual tools and glasses that enable them to continue doing what they love and improve their quality of life.

Advanced technologies, such as microscope and telescope lenses, magnify an eyewear prescription well beyond the capacity of standard lenses that other doctors typically prescribe.

Dr. Palmer states, “It is awe-inspiring to help people read their sheet music or drive again after they had given up hope.” 

For those seeking assistance or more information, Low Vision Restoration offers complimentary telephone consultations at 888-882-2040 and 612-729-3030. Additional details can be found at www.lowvisionofmn.com .

About Dr. Palmer of Low Vision Restoration, LLC: 

Dr. Palmer is a fellow of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists and offers low vision services out of offices in Inver Grove Heights and Coon Rapids, MN. He serves the greater Midwest and parts of Canada and is passionate about restoring the quality of life for those with vision loss. As a low vision doctor, Dr. Palmer sees patients with conditions such as macular degeneration, Stargardt disease, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, ocular albinism, and rod-cone dystrophy, and helps people do things they may have given up on, such as driving, reading, watching TV, or crafts. Low Vision Restoration offers free low vision telephone consultations at 888-882-2040 and 612-729-3030. More information can be found at www.lowvisionofmn.com .

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