Low Vision Treatment

What is low vision? Basically, "low vision" describes significant visual impairment that can't be corrected fully with glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery. It includes:

  • Loss of best-corrected visual acuity (BVCA) to worse than 20/70 in the better eye.
  • Significant visual field loss. Tunnel vision (lack of vision in the periphery) and blind spots are examples of visual field loss.
  • Legal blindness. In North America legal blindness is 20/200 or less central visual acuity in the better eye with best possible correction, or a visual field of 20 degrees or less.
  • Almost total blindness.

Causes of Low Vision

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Heredity
  • Eye injuries

The Impact of Low Vision

Children as well as adults can be visually impaired, sometimes because of a birth defect or an injury. Children with low vision may have problems in learning concepts, and they need special instruction from their earliest years on. They also need additional help with socialization among other children and adults.

But low vision more commonly affects adults and seniors. Their vision loss can be very traumatic, leading to frustration and depression.

Losing the ability to drive safely, read quickly, watch television or view a computer screen can cause people with low vision to feel shut off from the world. They may be unable to get around town independently or shop for food and other necessities.

If you have a vision impairment that interferes with your ability to perform everyday activities and enjoy life, contact our office to schedule a vision test today at (512) 260-0405.