July 22, 2014

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Optometrists offer advice to people with vision problems

With Low Vision Awareness Month in February, the Kentucky Optometric Association is urging people with vision problems to have them checked.

“Low vision is not a normal part of getting older,” said Dr. John Musick, an optometrist in Nicholasville, Ky., who specializes in low vision and is one of only 50 diplomates in Low Vision in the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry. “Rather, most people develop low vision as a result of certain eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetes. It’s important to have an annual dilated eye exam to determine the cause of low vision, so any illness can be diagnosed and treated in a timely manner. We also can provide help for people to cope with low vision.”