The Low Down on Low Vision
If you or a loved one has lost enough eyesight that it makes it difficult to do daily tasks, it may be considered low vision. Low vision is vision loss so severe that it cannot be corrected with contact lenses, glasses or even surgery. It can make it hard to read, drive, shop, watch TV or even recognize faces of those you know!
Low vision can be caused by a multitude of things including diseases like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma (which are more common in older adults) along with eye injuries, eye cancer or brain injuries.
The most common types of low vision include:
- Loss of central vision: the detailed vision we use when we look directly at something
- Loss of peripheral vision: the detailed vision we use to see everything around the edges
- Night blindness: a problem in the eyes’ ability to adjust and see in darkness
- Blurred or hazy vision: difficulty seeing objects and images sharply or clearly
Low vision isn’t a normal sign of aging so as soon as you or a loved one notices changes in vision, see your eye doctor right away. Your doctor will give you a comprehensive exam including questions about your medical history and lifestyle as well as a variety of tests.
While low vision is permanent, there are numerous low vision rehabilitation options and aids available to you and your loved ones. In the Grand Rapids and Hibbing area, Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss provides services, training and support to help impacted individuals foster independence and continue to live vibrant lives! Our optical department has books on tape available to interested individuals provided by Lighthouse as well as monthly support groups in Grand Rapids and Hibbing for low vision patients. For more information, you can contact our optical department by calling (218) 326-3433 and asking for optical.
Regular eye exams are a key step in preventative care. Bonner Eye Clinic is dedicated to preserving your vision and helping you live your best life! Contact us today with questions surrounding low vision, other eye related issues or to schedule an annual eye exam.