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What is low vision?

Low vision is synonymous with "vision impairment" or "partial sight". Any level of vision loss that precludes a person from performing an activity that's important for that person is considered low vision.eyechart2

What is a low vision service? A low vision service offers vision rehabilitation, informational materials and low vision aids to help maximize a person's existing vision.  Assistance is also provided for learning new ways to gather information, in an effort to maintain independence.  

Not being able to drive safely, read quickly, or easily see images on a television or computer screen can cause people with low vision to feel shut off from the world. They may be unable to get around town independently, earn a living or even shop for food and other necessities. Some visually impaired people become completely dependent on friends and relatives, while others suffer alone.

If you have hazy or blurred vision, light sensitivity, loss of peripheral vision, night blindness, a need for more light than before, unusual floaters or spots, or difficulty reading, your first step is to see an eyecare professional for a complete eye exam. These could be the first signs of a serious eye disease such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, or retinitis pigmentosa. Or, they could mean you are developing a cataract that needs removal. Whatever the case, it’s wise to take action before further vision loss occurs. Call us at the Veo Vision Center today for a thorough eye examination.

If your eye doctor finds you have vision loss that cannot be corrected with eyewear, medical treatment or surgery, our low vision specialists can evaluate the degree and type of vision loss you have, prescribe appropriate low vision aids, and help you learn how to use them.

The low vision specialist can also recommend non-optical adaptive devices, such as large-print publications, audio books, special light fixtures and signature guides for signing checks and documents. If necessary, your eye doctor or low vision specialist can also refer you to a counselor to help you cope with your loss of vision.