What is Low Vision?
Our vision changes over time. Most often, these changes can be corrected with proper treatment, prescription lenses, or surgery. If your doctor, however, cannot correct your vision with these typical methods yet you can still see a fair amount, you have "low vision". You may find it hard to read the daily newspaper, books, signs at the grocery store, etc. Low vision is most common in those that have diabetes or glaucoma.
Symptoms of Low Vision
You may have low vision if you have trouble with the following, even when using regular glasses:
- Trouble viewing people's faces
- Needing to be very up close to something to view it, such as when cooking, picking out clothing, crafting, or reading.
- Normal lights seem dimmer
- Reading signs around you, while driving or walking around.
Changes in vision are common, as soon as you notice a change, you should visit your optometrist.
What else should you know about Low Vision?
Having low vision does not mean that you are blind. Your doctor may tell you realize that you a blind or blank spot in your vision, but you can use your peripheral vision just fine. The opposite may be true as well, you may have trouble viewing your peripheral but be fine viewing items in the center of your field of vision.
Have your doctor give you a low vision eye exam. Often times, your doctor will recommend appropriate treatment to meet your needs, which could include optical or non-optical devices, or vision rehabilitation services to learn new ways to do everyday tasks.
Your doctor may recommend illuminated stand magnifiers, magnifying glasses, glare shields, adaptive equipment with devices that display information large enough to view, as well as training with how to use your optical and electronic devices correctly.