Why the urgency for professional education? Almost 14 million Americans are estimated to suffer from some form of visual impairment, keeping it within the top ten most prevalent causes of disability in the United States. Current estimates by the National Eye Institute state that, of the 14 million, there are at least 3.5 – 5 million Americans who have life-altering low vision and more than 1 million of these are legally blind. As the population ages, the number of people with vision impairments that significantly impact their quality of life grows. We must better equip medical professionals with the knowledge and resources they need to treat patients with declining vision.
Let’s not forget that vision loss or blindness can originate from injury or trauma, congenital or genetic origin, or disease. Visual impairment can occur before birth, in childhood or even adulthood. Virtually every medical professional will come into contact with a patient with low vision. These professionals deserve the most up-to-date information and education available to make the best clinical decisions for their patients. We fill that educational gap.