What is Low Vision?
Low vision is a visual impairment, not correctable by standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, that interferes with a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.
Low vision is not just part of getting older. Normal changes in our eyes and vision occur as we get older. However, these changes don’t usually lead to low vision. Most people develop low vision because of eye diseases and health conditions such as macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, and/or diabetes. While vision that’s lost cannot always be restored, many people can make the most of the vision they have. Millions of Americans have low vision.
The following pictures may give your family an idea of how your vision is being affected:
Canton Ophthalmology Can Help
Your eye care professional here at Canton Ophthalmology can tell the difference between normal changes in the aging eye and those caused by eye diseases. You should have regular dilated eye exams to determine your eye health. Vision changes like these could be early warning signs of eye disease. Even with your regular glasses on, do you have difficulty:
- Recognizing faces of friends and relatives?
- Doing things that require you to see well up close, like reading, cooking, sewing, or fixing things around the house?
- Picking out and matching the color of your clothes?
- Doing things at work or home because lights seem dimmer than they used to?
- Reading street signs or the names of stores?