Low vision refers to vision impairment that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contacts, and surgical procedures. To be considered as person who has low vision, you must have vision that is worse than 20/70, have major loss of field of vision, or be legally blind. This condition can make it difficult to perform daily tasks. Fortunately, our optometry professionals at Warm Springs Optometric Group in Fremont can evaluate and provide low vision aids for your condition.
What Causes Low Vision?
Several diseases and conditions can result in low vision. These can include:
- Diabetes: Uncontrolled levels of hyperglycemia can cause diabetic retinopathy and vision distortions.
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration: This is a progressive disease that affects the macula, causing permanent loss of central vision.
- Glaucoma: Glaucoma is caused when the fluid in your eye cannot drain properly and increases the pressure in the retina. The increased pressure can cause permanent loss of your side vision.
- Retinitis Pigmentosa: This condition causes a decline in night vision as well as side vision. In time, permanent vision impairment can occur.
What Are the Common Symptoms Of Low Vision?
Low vision doesn't occur in just one way. There are a few types of vision loss associated with low vision.
- A blind spot in your central vision
- Loss of peripheral vision (side vision)
- Night blindness
- Blurry vision up close and at a distance
- Hazy vision
How to Diagnose Low Vision?
A comprehensive eye exam can diagnosed low vision. Your optometrist will test your visual acuity, visual field, and depth perception. If your vision loss is affecting your quality of life, such as your vision problem is affecting your ability to travel, cook, read, or work, your eye doctor can help you get low vision aids that can make your life easier.
Low Vision Aids
There are several eye care aids that your optometrist can recommend to make your life easier. Your optometry specialist may suggest the following:
- Telescopic lenses
- Light filtering lenses
- Hand magnifiers
- Reading prisms
- Closed-circuit television
- Text-to-speech software to help you use your electronic devices
- Clocks and watches that tell the time out loud
- Audio books
- Phones, clock, and TV remotes with very large numbers
- Large print magazines and newspapers
Dealing with low vision can be difficult, however, our doctors of optometry at Warm Springs Optometric Group in Fremont can provide the necessary eye care treatments to help improve your sight. Schedule an eye exam appointment today at (510) 490-0287.