1. What is low vision?
Low vision is a significant reduction of visual function not adequately correctable by standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. People with low vision are considered to be partially sighted, with best corrected visual acuity of 20/70 or less in their good eye.
2. What causes low vision?
Low vision can be caused by a number of diseases in the eye. An injury to the eye can also result in low vision. And some people are born with diseases causing low vision.
3. What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of low vision depend on the cause of the vision loss and where the problem is in the eye. Symptoms can include:
- Blank spots, dark spots or wavy lines in the center of your vision
- Blurred, hazy, or cloudy vision or double vision
- Loss of side (peripheral) vision
4. How do I know if I have low vision?
There are many signs that can signal vision loss. For example, even with your regular glasses, do you have difficulty: - Recognizing faces of friends and relatives?
- Doing things that require you to see well up close like reading, cooking, sewing or fixing things around the house?
- Picking out and matching the color of your clothes?
- Doing things at work or home because lights seem dimmer than they used to?
- Reading street and bus signs or the names of stores?
5. What should a person do if he or she has low vision?
The patient must take note of the kinds of vision problems that he’s experiencing. A person who is having vision difficulties should immediately make an appointment with an ophthalmologist for an eye examination. The eye doctor will be the one to decide if the patient needs a low vision rehabilitation consultation.
6. What does low vision rehabilitation offer?
Low vision rehabilitation maximizes the patient’s remaining vision thru a different way of eye examination. Visual acuity at near and distance are measured as well as contrast sensitivity, visual field and color test. Patients are taught how to use low vision devices that will help them do their daily tasks and several techniques on developing eye positioning and eye hand coordination that will allow them to lead a more productive and enjoyable life.