What is Low Vision?
Low Vision is a general term that describes patients who have a severe, permanent loss of vision. The cause of this vision loss can be genetic or acquired through common conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa.
Due to the patient’s particular pathology, their condition cannot be treated or “fixed” by conventional methods, such as glasses, medication, or eye surgery. Although patients with low vision can certainly benefit from glasses, they cannot achieve 20/20 vision even with the best-corrected prescription. Patients may be missing the central part of their vision, side vision, or variations in between. This vision loss can make it difficult to read, walk, work, or navigate day-to-day activities.
Aids & Resources for Those with Low Vision
Through a low vision exam, tools and aids can be recommended to enhance a patient’s quality of life. These aids might include magnifiers, telescopes, and electronic devices that can help patients do the things that they once enjoyed, such as reading a book or watching their grandson’s soccer game. Patients with severe vision loss can also benefit from sighted guides, specialists to aid with orientation and mobility, or occupational therapists that can help them to best navigate their environment. Ultimately, patients with low vision can learn to maximize their existing vision to achieve fulfilling lives.
Low Vision Support Group Starting November 13, 2017
Geneva Eye will be hosting a Low Vision Support Group to discuss various devices and provide suggestions that will aid patients in their day-to-day living, as well as to help support the emotional impacts of vision loss. Our first meeting will be on Monday, November 13th at 5:30 pm at the Geneva Eye Clinic. We look forward to having you join us and to provide you with excellent care.