WHAT IS LOW VISION?
Low vision is the loss of sight that cannot be corrected by ordinary glasses, contacts or eye surgery. Those who qualify for examination typically have 20/40 to no light perception visual acuity in the better seeing eye, or they may have reduced peripheral vision. Even though one may have low vision, they often still have useful vision that can be improved with optical devices such as high-powered prescriptive glasses, hand magnifiers, telescopes, or computer magnifiers (CCTV’s).
WHAT CAUSES LOW VISION?
Low vision can affect people of all ages. Low vision can occur from stroke, birth defects, inherited diseases, injuries, glaucoma, diabetes, or other diseases of the eye. Some leading causes of low vision in the United States are diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
WHAT IS A LOW VISION EVALUATION?
A low vision examination consists of an optical and functional evaluation to help people better use their remaining vision. Your low vision exam given by Dr. Andrew Lindell is goal-oriented and driven by your individual needs. Specialized prescription magnifiers, high-powered reading glasses, telescopes, computer magnifiers and other devices will be utilized. We are excited to teach you how to utilize this technology. With training and instruction, a low vision evaluation can help those with vision loss better perform daily activities, continue hobbies, return to work, and regain independence. You will leave with a renewed enthusiasm for life, and will be able to work more effectively, efficiently and safely.
Those who meet the Department of Motor Vehicle’s minimal visual requirements may be offered specialized telescopic glasses and training for a restricted drivers license.
Low vision care often requires interdisciplinary care. Occupational or in-home vision training may be coordinated.