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Frequently Asked Questions About Low Vision

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Did you know that approximately 135 million people worldwide suffer from low vision? This type of vision loss cannot be corrected and can make everyday tasks such as reading, writing, or driving a car difficult. Read our following guide to get the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about low vision.

What is Low Vision?

Low vision is a term used to describe a vision loss that cannot be corrected through glasses, contacts, medications, or surgery. It is commonly characterized by blurred vision, partial sight, blind spots, or tunnel vision. Low vision can occur at any age, but is most commonly found among older individuals.

What Are the Causes of Low Vision?

Low vision is most commonly caused by a genetic propensity for certain vision impairments including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, or retinitis pigmentosa. Low vision can also be caused by trauma or other factors including traumatic brain injury and stroke.

What Are the Treatment Options for Low Vision?

Although this type of vision loss cannot be restored, treatment for low vision focuses on preventing further vision loss and maximizing remaining vision to help patients improve their quality of life. Our trained optometrists and other loss vision professionals can help treat low vision with prescription glasses, specialized optical systems, video magnification, therapeutic filters, and medical rehabilitative therapy to enable patients to keep their independence and live fulfilling lives.