Having Low Vision basically means being visually impaired and it usually refers to a visual condition that cannot be corrected by conventional eyeglasses or contact lens. A variety of disorders that affect the eye (many age-related) can cause an individual to become visually impaired and these include: Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma, and Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Having Low Vision is actually the third most commonly occurring physical impairment in those over the age of 65, exceeded only by heart disease and arthritis. Many who are visually impaired have found help with their vision problem through Low Vision Care.
Low Vision Care is the evaluation and management of those that are visually impaired by eye care and rehab professionals. The goal of the care is to help those with Low Vision to overcome the handicapping effects of their visual impairment. Based on individual lifestyle needs, solutions will be sought to help each patient achieve their visual goals. This may include the recommendation of products know as Low Vision Aids.
Low Vision Aids are special lens systems designed to magnify or illuminate images to improve visual acuity. Vision Aids may take the form of optical products such as magnifiers, telescopes, high-powered spectacles, absorptive filters or electronic devices.
Please understand that the loss of vision cannot be restored: however, we at Stephens County Eye Clinic may be able to prescribe some devices that will assist you with certain tasks. Please contact our office today for your Low Vision Evaluation.
Visit these websites for additional information about low vision, eye diseases and other information regarding the visually impaired.
American Foundation for the Blind: www.afb.org
Macular Degeneration Association: www.maculardegenerationassociation.org
AMD Alliance: www.amdalliance.org
The Macula Foundation: www.macula.org
Braille Institute: www.brailleinstitute.org
Get Eye Smart: http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/
National Eye Institute: www.nei.nih.gov
Foundations Fighting Blindness: www.blindness.org
Prevent Blindness America: www.preventblindness.org
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our office at 706-886-0111.