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Low Vision

Seeking Treatment for Low Vision?

Shippee Family Eye Care, P.C. helps countless Lancaster, St. Johnsbury, and Montpelier residents cope with low vision each year. If you’re suffering from this condition, you’re far from alone. Globally, over 135 million people have low vision.

Low vision is a serious issue that can affect your quality of life. If you or a loved one is suffering from low vision, speak with an optometrist and consider undergoing a low vision exam. This exam will help you both determine if you’re suffering from low vision and what your next steps should be. 

Eye chart and eyeglasses

What Is Low Vision?

Low vision refers to vision impairment that cannot be treated with standard optometry treatments. Often, vision impairment in those with low vision is so severe that they struggle to carry out everyday activities, such as crossing the street.

Common Types of Low Vision

  • Loss of peripheral vision: Everything but central vision becomes difficult to see.
  • Blurred vision: Objects near and far are out of focus and appear blurry. Glasses often don’t help.
  • Hazy vision: The entire field of vision is hazy, appearing to be covered with glare or a filter.
  • Night blindness: Exceptional difficulty seeing in dark or dim places.
  • Blind spots: A blind spot appears in your field of vision, typically in the center.

The condition can be so severe that a person could be declared legally blind. While some vision may remain, it will be limited.

Can Low Vision Be Treated?

Unfortunately, this condition typically cannot be treated with conventional methods, such as glasses, contacts, LASIK surgery, and other common eye care treatments. However, other forms of treatments may. Vision aids, including electronic sight glasses and magnifying glasses, may allow those suffering from low vision to increase their visual acuity. 

In some cases, glasses can be used to reduce the vision impairment. However, these glasses will often look much different from traditional prescription glasses. In some cases, magnifying loupes and small telescopes may need to be used. Electronic glasses are also sometimes used.

Low vision optical devices will often act as tools, allowing someone to see a specific thing. A person might have a low vision device for reading computer screens and another for reading books, for example. Many people suffering from low vision will have 4 or more optical devices in their “toolbox.”

What Should You Do if You Are Suffering from Low Vision?

Schedule an appointment to see an optometrist at Shippee Family Eye Care, P.C. We serve residents in and around Lancaster, St. Johnsbury, and Montpelier.

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