Low vision is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide and can severely impact their daily life and independence. Low vision is generally permanent and cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. The condition can be caused by various factors and can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life.
Causes of Low Vision
Low vision can be caused by any number of eye conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and inherited eye diseases. Other causes of low vision include eye injury, eye tumors, and conditions present from birth. In some cases, low vision may also be a side effect of certain medical treatments, such as radiation therapy.
Who is at Risk for Low Vision?
Low vision can affect people of all ages, but some individuals may be at a higher risk than others. People over the age of 60 are more likely to develop age-related eye diseases, which can lead to low vision. People with a family history of eye disease, individuals with uncontrolled diabetes, and smokers are also at an increased risk for developing low vision.
Treatments for Low Vision
While low vision cannot be cured, there are several treatments available that can help improve a person's daily life. A comprehensive eye exam is the first step in diagnosing low vision and determining the best course of treatment. Treatment options may include:
Magnifying devices, such as hand-held magnifiers or magnifying glasses, can help people with low vision see more clearly.
Low vision devices
Special lenses and electronic aids, such as closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems, can help people with low vision perform daily tasks with greater ease.
Rehabilitation services, such as low vision therapy and orientation and mobility training, can help people with low vision learn to adapt to their condition and improve their quality of life.
In some cases, medications may be prescribed to slow the progression of certain eye conditions that lead to low vision.
At Kopolow & Girisgen, Doctors of Optometry, our caring doctors are well-versed in low vision detection and management. Don’t wait until it’s too late—it’s easier than ever to schedule your annual eye exam now below or by texting GLASSES to 21000 and a member of our friendly team will be in touch!