If you are experiencing blurry vision and not able to see well enough to do everyday activities such as reading and driving, you may be suffering from low vision. Low vision is most often a symptom of a condition, not a condition on its own. It is common in individuals suffering from vision problems like age related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.
Even if you are suffering from changes in your vision, it's not too late to get an eye exam and begin your road to recovery.
The eye care experts at Clarkson Eyecare can help you diagnose and treat low vision at nearly 200 locations across Missouri, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, Texas, New Jersey, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Minnesota. Click to find a location near you.
Vision Rehabilitation Services at Clarkson Eyecare
After receiving a comprehensive eye exam to confirm a low vision diagnosis, the optometrists at Clarkson Eyecare can develop a custom eye care treatment plan that is right for you and your vision rehabilitation needs. Rehabilitating your vision is similar to physical therapy, but for your eyes and there are a number of different rehabilitation services available. There are a few steps to a vision rehabilitation program. First, your optometrist will evaluate your vision, conduct a few eye examinations to assess your visual function, and then create your rehabilitation plan. Your rehabilitation plan might include environmental modification and use of low vision devices. The providers at Clarkson Eyecare are here to help you rehabilitate your eyesight. The goal of low vision rehabilitation is to help preserve your sight. Low vision rehabilitation will not reverse any damage that has already occurred; however, It can help you keep the sight you have left. .
What Is Low Vision?
Total blindness is when an individual has no light perception whereas someone dealing with low vision still has light perception. Individuals with low vision can have visual fields that include blind spots, poor night vision, and blurry sight. It is important to note that two individuals with low vision may experience different symptoms and varying degrees of the same symptom. Low vision is unable to be corrected with glasses or contact lenses or surgery. Low vision is diagnosed in individuals with a visual acuity worse than 20/70 and sight that can not be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Low vision can be caused by a number of different conditions that are both genetic or environmental:
Symptoms of Low Vision
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with your eye care provider as you will require an eye exam to diagnose low vision.
Loss of central vision - a blur or a blind spot in the center of your visual field but your peripheral vision remains
Night blindness - when one cannot see outside at night or in dimly lit areas
Loss of peripheral vision - also known as tunnel vision, this is when one loses side vision in both or one eye or when one cannot see above or below eye level
Blurred vision - when the visual field is out of focus even with corrective lenses
Hazy vision - field of vision seems to be covered with a film or glare
Having trouble with your sight? Worried you may have low vision or an underlying vision condition? Be sure to schedule an exam with our vision care experts.
There are a wide variety of eye conditions that can cause low vision. The most common being:
Macular degeneration - a disorder that affects the retina
Diabetes - can cause daily vision changes including diabetic retinopathy
Glaucoma - will cause damage to the optic nerve
Cataracts - caused by long term exposure to UV radiation or an injury
Retinitis pigmentosa - an inherited disease that will eventually destroy night vision
Injuries - stroke, brain damage, eye trauma, or head trauma
It depends, if the underlying condition is diagnosed early, such as diabetic retinopathy or cataracts, it can be prevented entirely or reversed. If low vision is caused by a genetic disease, you may be able to seek vision rehabilitation for it to protect your remaining vision. It is very important to have annual eye examinations to stay on top of your ocular health so that if an issue does arise, you and your optometrist can stay on top of it.
To be considered legally blind your vision is 20/200 or less out of your better eye or, your field of vision is less than 20 degrees. Meaning, if an object is 200 feet away, you would have to be 20 feet from it to see it clearly. It is possible to have low vision and be legally blind, however, low vision starts at 20/70. Therefore most individuals with low vision are not considered legally blind. However, legal blindness can occur if the symptom is not addressed so it is very important to make an appointment for an eye exam as soon as you start to notice changes in your vision.