Visual Impairment


Some individuals experience visual impairment from birth. They learn adaptive techniques and how to function without sight as they grow up.

People who have had sight and then lose functioning often find it more difficult to adapt. Loss and/or the diminishing of vision can cause safety concerns and considerable distress for the person who is experiencing this change in functioning.

Fortunately, there are resources available to help. As a caregiver, you may need this help for either yourself, your family member, or both.


The following are the most common vision changes related to aging:

  • cataracts
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • glaucoma
  • macular degeneration

The Family Caregiver Alliance has put together a fact sheet on vision loss related to aging. They define what the changes are and current treatment options. Also discussed are adaptive living techniques that can be used to lessen the impact and assistive devices that may help.


What Type of Services May Be Available?

There are a wide range of services and resources that may be available in your state. Since each state is different, contact your state office of disability and/or your state aging agency to find out what is offered in your state.

To see the types of services and resources that may be available, visit our page on North Carolina resources.




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