Low Vision

 

Low vision occurs when an individual’s vision is unable to be corrected with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery. Eye diseases or conditions may be responsible for visual impairment.

Common Causes of Low Vision

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Acquired (Traumatic) Brain Injury

Common Types of Low Vision

  • Loss of Central Vision
  • Loss of Peripheral (Side) Vision
  • Blurred Vision
  • Generalized Haze
  • Extreme Light Sensitivity
  • Night Blindness

Low Vision Solutions

 

A wide variety of rehabilitation options are available to help people with low vision live and/or work more effectively, efficiently, and safely. We are able to help most people with one or more low vision treatment options including:

  • Spectacle-mounted magnifiers: A magnifying lens is mounted in spectacles — often referred to as a microscope — or on a special headband. This allows use of both hands to complete the close-up task, such as reading.
  • Hand-held or spectacle-mounted telescopes: These miniature telescopes are useful for seeing longer distances, such as across the room to watch television, and can also be modified for near (reading) tasks.
  • Hand-held and stand magnifiers: These can serve as supplements to other specialized systems. They are convenient for short-term reading of items such as price tags, labels, and instrument dials. Both types can be equipped with lights.
  • Video magnification: Table-top (closed-circuit television) or head-mounted systems enlarge reading material on a video display. Some systems can be used for distance tasks. These are portable systems and can be used with a computer or monitor, too. Image brightness, image size, contrast, and foreground/background color and illumination can be customized.