Seeing your eye doctor each year is a vital part of eye care. No one wants vision problems. We can handle wearing glasses and contacts, but being told we have low vision can be frightening. Perhaps if your doctor of optometry explained more about low vision and how it's treated, it wouldn't sound so bad. That's why the Family Vision Center LLC in Bridgeport and Stratford is here to tell you about it.
What Is Low Vision?
Low vision means that the vision isn't as sharp or at the level it once was. It doesn't make you blind, however, you are just not able to see as well as you once were.
Some indicators of the condition are night blindness, light sensitivity, glare problems, varying degrees of vision loss, and blind spots. Visual acuity or sharpness is measured at 20 feet. Low vision is described as being within 20/70 and 20/200. Legal blindness is described as visual acuity with traditional sight enhancers like glasses at 20/200 and over.
What Causes It?
Low vision is can be caused by several things.
One is macular degeneration, which is the slow, age-related degeneration of the final layer of the eye which deals with straight ahead, clear and sharp vision. Diabetic retinopathy is another cause of low vision and it happens when blood vessels in the eye harden due to diabetes and leak. This can cause blindness. Glaucoma is also another problem that can lead to low vision, it is when damage to the optical nerve occurs due to excessive pressure in the eye. Cataracts, trauma, cancer, and brain injuries are other causes of low vision.
How Optometry Can Help
Low vision is not correctable. It can't be fixed with sharper glasses or contact lenses. On the other hand, you don't have to live a sightless life. There are special glasses with tinted lenses for those with severe light sensitivity. Magnifying devices are available for those who can't see small objects or read small print.
Vision rehabilitation is an eye care option, that we offer as well, for those with low vision. The focus is on learning how to make the most of your remaining sight, how to live independently, as well as engaging in social interaction with those who have been there and done that. Learning more about the condition and having access to information on how to work with it will make it easier on those who have low vision.
As the body slowly but surely ages, we must learn how to handle this natural process. Contact Family Vision Center in Bridgeport at 203-333-2020 or Stratford at 203-377-2020 to learn more about eye conditions and how to handle them.