Low vision is a condition which cannot be improved by glasses, contacts, surgery or medicine. A person is considered low vision, or visually impaired, if their best-corrected vision is 20/70 or less. Standard vision is measured as 20/20.
The condition generally occurs in older adults and is often the result of an underlying disease like diabetes. Common diseases that cause low vision are age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma.
Those with low vision have trouble with everyday tasks like reading, watching television, writing, or even recognizing faces. Treatment for low vision involves the eye specialists at Premier Medical working in tandem to help a patient maximize their remaining vision.
Low vision care involves an ophthalmologist who can evaluate and diagnose the condition and an optometrist who can prescribe low vision aids, like magnification devices and non-optical products, such as task lighting.
While there is no “cure” for low vision, these aids can enable a person to perform a variety of tasks and improve their quality of life.