• Low Vision

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    Low vision is a term commonly used to refer to visual impairment that cannot be corrected by lenses or glasses. A person with low vision is severely limited with respect to visual acuity and/or loss of visual field. The person with low vision may still be able to function, work, and enjoy life, but the visual loss is present to a degree to which it interferes with the ability to perform a varying range of daily activities.

    What causes low vision?

    Low vision can be caused by many different eye diseases or injuries. The most common causes include:

    • Macular Degeneration affects central vision, ability to read and see faces. Straight lines appear wavy. Dark or empty spots block the center of your vision.
    • Glaucoma loss of peripheral (side) vision and difficulty seeing at night
    • Cataracts causes vision to be hazy
    • Diabetic Retinopathy causes distorted or blurred vision

    What are the symptoms?

    • Difficulty reading signs, watching TV, or making out details in faces
    • Difficulty reading - print appears distorted
    • Difficulty seeing objects, including walls, steps, curbs