What is Low Vision

What is Low Vision?

Low vision may be defined as insufficient vision for your lifestyle that cannot be corrected through surgery or conventional eyewear. Do you know someone with Low Vision?  Lights don’t seem as bright as they used to…Reading the newspaper is difficult, even with glasses… Recognizing faces across the room may be difficult. Don’t let Low Vision compromise your lifestyle. At IEC, we have the latest devices and technology available to help you regain your independence, and live life to the fullest.


What Causes Low Vision?

Macular degeneration is the most common cause of low vision, although many other conditions can result in low vision. Some of these include glaucoma, inoperable cataracts and diabetic retinopathy.


How does low vision affect people’s lives?

Low vision has a dramatic impact on lives. Those afflicted with low vision sometimes become depressed, anxious, confused or afraid. People with low vision can be more prone to accidents due to their visual limitations with depth perception.


What to expect with a Low Vision Exam?

The optometrist has been uniquely trained to understand the needs of the patients with low vision. He or she will perform an extensive evaluation to determine the level of vision impairment and discuss the individual’s vision problems. It’s a good idea to bring something that you want to see or read with you to the evaluation. The doctor may prescribe various treatment options, including low vision devices and aides which will assist the patient to use his sight to the best possible advantage.


What are Treatment Options for Low Vision?

There are many vision aids and devices available for low vision; the doctor will make recommendations on which is best for you. Low vision aids may include optical lenses such as magnifiers (hand-held, stand and illuminated magnifiers and telescopes). Devices that attach to a television or computer screen are also available.