Low vision is a condition in which an individual’s eyesight has declined to the point where standard vision correction options are unable to improve visual acuity. In today’s post, your trusted optometrist from Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care explains everything you need to know about low vision.
Risk Factors and Likely Causes
Those with pre-existing eye conditions such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy are more likely to develop low vision. Vision developmental disorders, like amblyopia or “lazy eye,” may also result in this condition, as can traumatic brain or eye injuries.
How Low Vision Affects Your Everyday Life
When you have low vision, both your far- and close-range visual acuity may be affected. You may have a hard time watching TV, reading books or even recognizing the faces of your friends or relatives. Your ability to see in low-lit areas may also be compromised. You may have a problem distinguishing one color from another as well. If you experience any of these changes in your vision, it’s best to visit your eye care specialist as soon as possible. We’ll perform a comprehensive eye exam to confirm low vision and determine its cause.
Detecting and Managing Low Vision
During a low vision exam, we will begin by discussing your family and personal medical history. We will ask about eye injuries or diseases that may have affected you or any of your family members. We’ll also ask about any medications you have taken or medical procedures you’ve had that could have contributed to low vision development. We’ll then prepare a few tests to establish your current visual acuity.
Low vision may be managed by wearing high-prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. We may also recommend prismatic lenses or magnifying glasses to maximize your vision. Closed circuit televisions, independent living aids and other technological devices can help you regain independence over your daily tasks, improving your quality of life.
For reliable low vision services, call us at (301) 859-4060. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve Rockville, MD, and Alexandria, VA.