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LOW VISION

Vision Enhancement through the low Vision Examination

What does low vision mean? "Low vision" doesn't always mean what it says. Being referred for a low vision exam does not necessarily mean one has "low vision" or "little vision". It is a broader field developed for people who have suffered a moderate to severe vision less, but also includes those who are dealing with a slight vision impairment. It does not mean that you are losing your vision or that your doctor expects you to. Another term for low vision is "vision rehabilitation".

Who is helped by low vision examination? Anyone who feels their reading vision is not as good as it could be because of conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma should consider this type of care. Even patients who are only slightly bothered by these conditions should be evaluated.

What is the goal of low vision testing? With the help of magnification, properly and precisely prescribed, you will maintain your ability to read in most cases. Magnification can often be prescribed in the form of reading glasses. When necessary, the following is also discussed:

  • Improved lighting for increased contrast
  • Eliminating glare with special filters
  • Simple magnification aids
  • Telescopic and microscopic visual aids
  • Electronic visual aids such as the closed circuit enlarger
  • Non-optical visual aids such as check writing guides
  • Mobility, travel, and safety

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