What is Low Vision?
Low vision is a loss of eyesight that makes everyday tasks difficult. A person with low vision may find it difficult or impossible to accomplish activities such as reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces.
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Patterns of vision and vision loss

Central Vision

This is the detailed vision we use when we look directly at something. Macular degeneration (AMD) affects central vision. Diabetic retinopathy can affect central or peripheral vision.


Peripheral vision

This is the less detailed vision we use to see everything around the edges. Glaucoma affects peripheral vision first. Strokes can affect one side of the peripheral vision.


Contrast sensitivity

This is the ability to distinguish between objects of similar tones like milk in a white cup or to distinguish facial features. All eye problems can decrease contrast sensitivity.


Depth perception

This is the ability to judge the position of objects. New vision loss in one eye can affect depth perception, such as the height of a step.


Patterns of Vision and vision loss

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Gain back the independence and freedom that once seemed lost.

What happens during the exam: We will discuss problems like reading, functioning in the kitchen, glare problems, the workplace, television viewing, school requirements, and interests.

Treatment can include hand-held magnifiers, stand magnifiers, hands-free magnifiers, non-optical options, and/or video magnification.

In addition to device recommendations, the optometrist will spend time ensuring proper use of the devices.

Only 20% of those who could benefit from these treatment options have been seen by a low vision optometrist. People with macular degeneration, macular scars, and vision loss due to strokes are just a few of the people that can benefit from a low vision exam.

Help is available today – don't wait any longer to learn how low vision rehabilitation and your optometrist can make all the difference!