What is low vision?
Low vision is the loss of sight that can not be corrected with regular glasses, contact lens or surgery. However, low vision isn't blindness, as limited sight remains and can be improved with the use of visual aids.
Low vision includes different degrees of sight loss, from blind spots, poor night vision, and problems with glare to an almost complete loss of sight. The American Optometric Association defines low vision by two categories:
Anyone can be affected by low vision as it results from a variety of conditions and injuries. Some of the most common causes of low vision include diabetes, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration. Low vision may also result from eye cancer, albinism, brain injury, or inherited eye disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa.
The most common types of low vision:
Low vision assessment and management:
At Clarivision, our doctor will carefully assess your remaining vision by evaluating decreased distance vision, decreased near vision, central vision loss, peripheral vision loss, reduced contrast sensitivity, and problems with photophobia, glare, and lighting. A variety of low vision devices may be prescribed after evaluation to improve both sight and quality of life.
Popular low vision aids include:
Low vision may be preventable for patients with diabetes, and some patients with macular degeneration and glaucoma. Our doctors will evaluate your eye health and treat underlying conditions to prevent further loss of vision.
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