Can You Read This?

Putting yourself in a someone else's shoes can help you understand vision impairment.
Senior woman adjusts glasses while reading a magazine

Do you know an older adult with bad eyesight? Do they have problems reading? Finding things? Driving long distances (or at all)? Showing empathy for those with vision loss starts with understanding what they live with. Here are a few ways you can share their daily experience:

*Upon prior consultation with your doctor or physician, take this challenge and notice how it makes you feel. If your doctor or physician advises against this, do not attempt the challenge.

1. Grab a pair of sunglasses and scrub them with soap to ensure there are suds on the lenses.

2. Sit down at a table with a newspaper or magazine.

3. Try to read as much of the front page as you can. Is it blurry? Did it take you a while to finish reading?

Facts About Vision Loss

By age 65, one in three Americans will form a vision-impairing eye disease including cataracts, which are the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. According to the CDC, roughly 93 million Americans are at risk for serious vision loss, but only half have visited an eye doctor in the past year.