What is low vision?
Low vision is the term used to describe reduced eyesight – either blurred vision (usually 20/70 or worse) or an incomplete field of view – that cannot be fully corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses or eye surgery.
Low vision is not the same as blindness. People with low vision have some useful sight, but the degree of their visual impairment can make daily tasks, such as reading and driving, difficult or impossible.
What are my treatment options?
In many cases, people with impaired vision can be helped by low vision devices, which include eyeglass-mounted magnifiers, handheld magnifiers and telescopes, and stand-alone magnifiers.
Is treatment right for me?
If you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, you may be experiencing the signs of low vision.
- Do you have difficulty seeing in low light?
- Is poor vision interfering with your daily activities?
- Is your vision blurry?
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes low vision?
The primary causes of low vision are eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. But low vision also can be inherited or caused by an eye or brain injury.
Are low vision and blindness the same thing?
A person with low vision is not blind: they have some useful sight. But the degree of their visual impairment can make daily tasks, such as reading and driving, difficult or impossible.
Does low vision affect children as well?
Though children as well as adults can be visually impaired, low vision is mostly a problem that afflicts seniors.