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Extract: Vision provides critical sensory input for many tasks that affect functional performance and quality of life. Although other senses and compensatory techniques can provide input for many of these tasks, it is vision that is central to knowledge of the environment. Consequently, the impact of any loss of vision cannot be overstated. “Even the earliest stages of vision loss harbinger significant changes in everyday activities such as reading or driving, vocational choice, or avocational activities and may also affect self-esteem and independence” (Morse, 2012, p. 235). Vision loss in the United States, including low vision and blindness, affects approximately 1 in 28 Americans who are older than 40 years of age. Although the cause-specific rates of vision loss vary for each cause by race, ethnicity, gender, and other personal characteristics, the overall prevalence of vision loss increases with aging. The probability of vision loss increases with age among all population segments, especially those older than 60 years (Morse, 2012), and among the oldest segment of our population, those over age 85, the prevalence of vision loss is rising most rapidly (Varma et al., 2016), underscoring the relationship between vision and aging.

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