Low Vision is a visual impairment that significantly impairs the functioning of a person. It cannot be adequately treated by medical or surgical means, nor is it correctable with conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses. It is often characterized by a loss of acuity or sharpness of the vision. Low vision can also manifest itself with loss of central or peripheral vision, visual distortion or haze, or an inability to properly adjust to contrast or glare. A person with low vision has extremely limited sight that can interfere with daily activities.
Low vision can result from birth defects, injury or as a complication of disease. Specific diseases associated with low vision include macular degeneration, glaucoma, advanced cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, traumatic brain injuries and genetic disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa and albinism. Approximately 14 million Americans experience low vision, struggling with simple tasks such as reading, cooking, taking medication and watching television.
Low vision should not be confused with blindness but rather having some useful vision that can often be improved with low vision aids. Low vision services utilize the remaining vision to its fullest potential. Prescription eyeglasses, magnifiers, filters and telescopes can all be utilized to maximize your vision. Independent living aids, closed circuit televisions and other technological advancements are additional options that can be utilized for more specific tasks.
While these services play a major role in optimizing vision, they do not offer a cure and do not replace the necessity for other treatments such as medication or surgery but act as an adjunct therapy.
Low vision services are about maximizing the quality of your visual life.
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