Low Vision

If your vision has become progressively worse and glasses and contacts are no longer helping, you may have a condition called low vision.

What Are the Two Low Vision Categories? 

The Academy of Ophthalmology divides low vision into two categories. The categories are based on the vision in your best eye. They include:

  • Partially sighted: You would be considered partially sighted if your vision is between 20/40 and 20/200 with glasses or contact lenses.
  • Legally blind: If you cannot get your vision any better than 20/200 with glasses or contacts, you are considered legally blind. The same is true if your visual field is restricted to less than 20 degrees wide.

What Are the Types of Low Vision?

There are a few common types of low vision. These include:

  • Loss of central vision: a blind spot in the center of your field of vision.
  • Loss of peripheral vision: you cannot see on either side, above, or below, while your central vision is still intact.
  • Blurred vision: experiencing blurry vision when looking at objects near and far, even with glasses or contacts.
  • Hazy vision: a film or glare that covers your field of vision.
  • Night blindness: if you cannot see outside at night or in a dark room.

What Are the Common Causes Of Low Vision?

There are several causes of low vision. These include:

  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Eye trauma
  • Cancer of the eye

How Is Low Vision Treated?

Low vision is treated based upon the root cause of vision loss.  As damage to vision is most often permanent, the best form of treatment is preventative.  There exist varies modalities for reducing and even halting the progression of diseases that cause low vision.

Contact Us Today

If your glasses or contacts are no longer helping, schedule an appointment with Eyes First Vision Center in Middletown. Our doctors of optometry provide eye care for low vision patients, and we can help you get the low vision aids that you need to continue living a normal life.  866-393-7347.

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