MADISON (WKOW) -- Low vision challenges millions of Americans everyday, which is why this month is recognized as National Low Vision Awareness Month.
According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), low vision is a visual impairment that is not corrected by standard glasses or contact lenses. The NEI says low vision interferes with a person's ability to perform everyday activities.
Dr. John Bonsett-Veal, a Madison optometrist and communications chair for the Wisconsin Optometric Association (WOA) says most people develop low vision because of eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration.
Dr. Bonsett-Veal says the most important thing you can do to prevent low vision problems it to visit your eye doctor regularly. He also says its important to have a healthy life style, and recommends not smoking, and to have a proper diet and exercise routine.
To find out more information, you can call WOA at 1-800-678-5357 or visit the group's website.
Bonsett-Veal joined us on 27 News at 5 on Tuesday to talk about National Low Vision Awareness Month.
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