Thousands of people across the country suffer from low vision. Low vision is permanent visual impairment that cannot be corrected by the use of eyeglasses, contacts, medications, or eye surgery. This condition can make it difficult for you to read, drive, watch TV, work on a computer, or identify faces and colors. At Shippee Family Eye Care, P.C. we can diagnose low vision during a comprehensive eye exam. If you live in Montpelier, Lancaster, or St. Johnsbury, come to Shippee Family Eye Care, P.C., for all your eye care needs.
Causes of Low Vision
Eye diseases like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma are perhaps the most common causes of low vision. Left unchecked, these diseases can cause permanent damage to your eyes, leading to loss of central, peripheral, or night vision. By scheduling annual eye exams, your eye doctor can detect signs of these diseases early on before they cause permanent vision loss. Low vision can also be caused by eye injuries, brain injuries, or genetic disorders.
If you’re having problems with your sight, contact your optometry specialist to schedule an eye exam. We’ll dilate your eyes, check your eye health, and test your visual acuity to see if you are suffering from permanent vision loss.
Impact of Low Vision
Low vision can be a traumatic diagnosis for most people, as this condition can’t be corrected through normal means of eyewear or eye surgery. Low vision can make it difficult to perform daily tasks or partake in activities you enjoy, which can lower your quality of life. You may need assistance getting around, shopping for food, cooking, caring for kids, or even holding a job.
Low Vision Treatment
Although low vision is permanent, there are measures you can take to maximize your remaining sight so you can live a higher quality of life. Your optometry specialist can recommend low vision aids such as handheld digital magnifiers, biotic telescopes, or digital desktop magnifiers to help you get the most out of the sight you have left. These can be helpful in performing daily tasks.
If you have a computer, you can take advantage of magnification or text to speech software to continue using that device. Large print reading material, audio books, and specialized lighting can also maximize your remaining vision to make your life easier. We may also recommend tinted eyewear to reduce light sensitivity and improve contrast.
See Our Shippee Family Eye Care Specialist for Low Vision Treatment
To learn more about low vision, get a diagnosis for this condition, or discuss options for treatment, contact your optometry specialist at Shippee Family Eye Care, P.C., today. For your convenience, we have locations in St. Johnsbury (802-748-3536), Lancaster (603-788-3561) and Montpelier (802-223-7723).