About Low Vision

Low vision is a loss of eyesight that makes everyday tasks difficult. A person with low vision may find even while using corrective eye wear they still have difficulty:

  • Recognizing faces
  • Reading, cooking, sewing or performing other activities
  • Seeing colors
  • Reading street signs or store names
  • Having enough light to see

Low vision is defined as acuity of 20/60 corrected in the best eye or peripheral vision of less than 20 degrees.  In other words, low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery, an individual still has difficulty seeing.

Vision changes like these could be early warning signs of eye disease. The earlier the problem is diagnosed, the better the chance of getting successful treatment and maximizing the remaining vision.

It is important to visit an eye care professional regularly, allowing the doctor to diagnose any vision problems early.  An eye care professional can tell the difference between normal changes in the aging eye and those caused by eye disease.

When should a patient come to Vision Rehabilitation Services?

When there are no other avenues to pursue medically or surgically, VRS will conduct a comprehensive Low Vision Examination conducted by a low vision specialist and will offer a wide array of proven techniques to help the individual maximize their usable vision with the goal of living independently in their environments.

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