Eye Care Glossary

Low Vision

Low Vision refers to a visual condition that cannot be corrected by conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses or through surgical or pharmacologic means. A variety of disorders that affect the eye (many age-related) can cause an individual to become visually impaired and these include: Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma and Retinitis Pigmentosa.

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Is Low Vision common?

Yes! Having Low Vision is actually the third most commonly occurring physical impairment in those over 65, exceeded only by heart disease and arthritis. Many who are visually impaired have found help with their vision problem through Low Vision Care.

What is Low Vision Care?

Low Vision Care is the evaluation and management of those that are visually impaired by eye care and rehab professionals. The goal of the care is to help those with low vision to overcome the handicapping effects of their visual impairment. Based on individual lifestyle needs, solutions will be sought to help each patient achieve their visual goals. This may include the recommendation of products known as Low Vision Aids.

What are Low Vision Aids?

Low Vision Aids (or simply Vision Aids) are special lens systems designed to magnify or illuminate images to improve one's functional vision. They include:

Hand-held Magnifiers

Eschenbach hand-held magnifiers are ideal for reading menus, price tags or prescription bottles.

Stand Magnifiers

Stand magnifiers are great for reading books, magazines or stock pages.

Spectacle Magnifiers

Spectacle magnifiers help make reading menus, letters and newspapers easier, especially when both hands need to be free.

Telescopic Vision Aids

Telescopes help viewing distant objects like the TV, bus numbers, etc., easier than ever!

Contrast-enhancing Filters

Contrast-enhancing filters (like the SolarShield® shown) help reduce glare and improve contrast so viewing is more comfortable!

Video Magnifiers (CCTVs)

Video magnifiers, whether desk-top or portable in design, provide variable magnification and the ability to modify the text (white letters on black background, for example).

What can I expect from the Low Vision Care I receive?

Typically, Low Vision Care is an ongoing service in which professionals work with the visually impaired over time to meet their visual goals. An initial Low Vision evaluation may take approximately 1 hour, but additional follow-up visits of 15-20 minutes may be needed until all of the visual goals have been satisfied.

One thing that should be kept in mind is that Low Vision Care will not restore lost sight. Instead, this care assists the visually impaired in maximizing their remaining functional vision.

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How do I get started?

Contact us or click here to schedule your low vision care appointment to begin living life more independently!

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