Vistar’s doctors are experts in low vision conditions and treatments. Let us help you get your independence back.
Low Vision Eyesight is often a result of health conditions such as diabetes, injuries such as brain trauma, or age-related disorders such as glaucoma and cataracts. It is a sight condition that causes loss of full sight and that is often unfixable by prescription eyewear or surgery.
Types of Low Vision
According to the American Optometric Association, patients are either declared partially sighted or legally blind. There are also several variations of this condition. The most common types include the following:
- Loss of central vision: when there’s a blind spot in the center of an individual’s vision
- Loss of peripheral vision: when an individual is unable to see to the right and left, above, and below the eye, but can still see from their central vision
- Night blindness: when individuals can see well in daylight, but poorly in dim or dark light
- Blurred vision: when individuals experience a foggy vision of objects both near and far away
- Hazy vision: when individuals view everything as though it were under a film or glare
Low Vision Exams
Our low vision optometrists will perform a specialized low vision exam to help determine if an individual suffers from this condition. In a functional eye examination, we’ll use of special low vision eye charts, lighting tests, magnifiers, and visual acuity, depth perception, and field tests to determine how the patient’s daily life is or has been affected by vision restrictions. Once the level of Low Vision has been detected, Low Vision optometrists can prescribe and educate patients on how to use Low Vision aids to enhance their everyday vision.
Common Low Vision aids include:
- Special optical devices: Magnifiers, mini telescopes, and video lenses that help to enlarge text, tiny objects, and pictures
- Non-optical solutions: Modifications to a patient’s environment, including better and/or more specific lighting, larger print on reading materials, and the use of specific colors to improve overall sight
- Adaptive daily living equipment: Talking or high-contrast watches and clocks, closed-circuit television, writing guides, and other tools to make everyday tasks easier
Schedule an Appointment
If your daily activities are limited due to failing vision, the doctors at Vistar Eye Center can help. Schedule an appointment to explore solutions for your sight today.