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low vision


People with low vision experience reduced vision, this reduction in vision capabilities can range from moderate to quite severe. Low vision isn't corrected by surgery or more traditional remedial methods such as glasses or contact lenses.
 
Vision loss can result from numerous factors such as eye diseases, glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, trauma, stroke, inoperable cataracts or genetics.
 
The effects of low vision can cause everything to appear hazy, blurred or dull. Otherwise, it can affect a person's peripheral, central or night vision.
 
Low vision as an optical speciality attempts to make the most of a person's remaining vision, giving them visual tasks to practice on a regular basis.
 
 

 

being assessed for low vision

A low vision assessment aims to measure the existing vision of the patient and create a plan of action to help acheive certain visual objectives (eg. reading, writing, driving safely etc.).
 
 

what can be done?

The prescription of high powered lenses can help improve vision along with other low vision aids such as magnification, telescopic and electronic devices.
If vision cannot be helped after taking these steps there are other options such as having reading material printed with increased font size, computer software that reads content aloud, reading machines etc.