Low vision is described as having partial vision, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision and even blindness. Low vision makes daily life difficult and can interfere with reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces and cannot be corrected through surgery, medication, glasses or contact lenses.
Low vision can manifest in many forms:
Central vision allows us to look directly at something and distinguish sharp detail. Macular degeneration (AMD) and Diabetic retinopathy can affect central vision.
Peripheral vision enables us to see everything surrounding the focal point. Glaucoma and strokes affect peripheral vision.
Contrast sensitivity is the ability to distinguish between objects of similar tones such as facial features. Most eye problems can affect contrast sensitivity.
Depth perception permits us to judge the position of objects in relation to one another. Poor depth perception can cause us to misjudge the height of a step for instance.
Visual processing – Difficulties with visual processing affect how visual information is interpreted, or processed by the brain.
To determine if you suffer from low vision you should be evaluated by a professional. There is no one device or cure-all for low vision. A vision specialist can demonstrate different devices to determine which one(s) work best for an individual’s needs. Your eye care professional can help you select the low vision aid that may help your particular needs.
Approximately 1 in 28 Americans over age 40 suffer from low vision. Aging is the number one factor linked to increased risk of developing low vision disorders such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Other factors that increase the likelihood of developing low vision are gender, ethnicity, family history, smoking, exposure to UVA/UVB light and diet.
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