What is Low Vision?

opt168Low vision effects both eyes. The American Optometric Association defines low vision a “term used to describe several levels of very limited sight which interfere with a person’s daily routine activities, have some residual vision, may have reduced central visual acuity (sharpness of vision), with normal or good peripheral (side) vision, may have a very narrow field of view but good central acuity”. Persons with low vision usually maintain some amount of useful vision.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Low Vision

  • loss of sharpness and acuity
  • loss of field of vision
  • light sensitivity
  • distorted vision
  • loss of contrast
  • difficulty recognizing a familiar face
  • difficulty with reading – words appear broken, distorted or incomplete

What Causes Low Vision?

  • Birth defects
  • Injury
  • The aging process
  • Complication from a disease such as diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa

What can be done to help persons with low vision?

While our low vision services do not cure the cause of the vision problem, we can help patients utilize the amount of vision remaining to the fullest potential. To help maximize low vision, our doctors prescribe glasses, bifocals, magnifiers, telescopes, closed circuit television systems, and other adaptive devices.