Low vision means that your visual capacity has diminished to the point where corrective eyewear or refractive surgeries are insufficient measures to improve your eyesight. Low vision affects not only your daily efficiency but also your safety and quality of life.
Your trusted optometrist from Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care answers some frequently asked questions about low vision.
Q: What Causes Low Vision?
As you age, you are more likely to develop various eye conditions, like cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Without effective treatment, these conditions can eventually lead to low vision. Congenital vision problems, uncorrected refractive errors as well as traumatic brain and eye injuries are common causes too.
Q: How Does Low Vision Affect My Life?
You may struggle to see objects clearly, whether at a distance or up-close. This can cause faulty contrast, depth perception issues and sluggish visual reflexes, all of which can undermine your overall quality of life. Your eyeglasses or contact lenses prescriptions may need to be changed often as well.
Q: What Happens During a Low Vision Exam?
During a low vision exam, we will start by asking about your medical history. We’ll ask about medical conditions that you or any of your family members have that may affect your visual health. This serves as our guide in determining the cause of your low vision. Afterward, we’ll have you undergo some eye tests to establish the extent of the eyesight problem.
Q: How Is Low Vision Managed?
Once the eye exam results confirm you have low vision, we’ll create a treatment program to help preserve your useful eyesight. This may include using high-power lenses, prisms, and patches. We may also prepare a set of eye exercises as part of your regimen. Visual aids, audiobooks, and computer-assisted activities can help you regain independence over your everyday activities as well.
If you have more questions about low vision, you can reach us at (301) 859-4060. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents in Rockville, MD, Alexandria, VA, and the surrounding communities.