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Low Vision

What happens when eyeglasses don’t work?

Many Americans with vision issues see just fine thanks to eyeglasses, corrective surgery or medication. But what happens when these remedial measures don’t work? 

Approximately 3 million people in the United States have untreatable vision loss called low vision. Under the best of circumstances, their vision is 20/60. This means that at 20 feet they’re seeing what someone with 20/20 vision sees at 60 feet. But, it’s typically much worse. 

With the aid of magnification devices that can enlarge text, many people with low vision are able to excel in their academic, professional and personal endeavors. 

Those with low vision include 13-year-old Alexis “Lexie” Capps of Spring, Texas. Despite having limited vision in her only functional eye, she takes advanced eighth-grade courses, volunteers at an equestrian center, swims at the neighborhood pool and rides a skateboard down the cul-de-sac in front of her house. 

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