Low Vision & Blindness

Low Vision & Blindness

Low Vision & Blindness

Damage to the eye can result is low vision, vision impairment, and blindness. Individuals that have low vision, vision impairment, or blindness may find it difficult to see things clearly with their prescription glasses.

​​​​​​​Eye conditions that are known to result in low vision, vision impairment, or blindness include:

  • Keratoconus

  • Macular degeneration

  • Glaucoma

  • Diabetic retinopathy

  • Retinal detachment

  • Optic neuropathy

  • Neurological conditions such as brain tumors, multiple sclerosis, and stroke

  • Other retinal disorders such as central serous chorioretinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, albinism, achromatopsia, and Stargardt disease

If you find tasks such as reading books, newspapers, and medication labels to be more difficult, then a low vision examination can help determine if handheld magnifiers, telescopes, reading guides, or electronic magnification are items that can be used to help improve your vision. Types of low vision devices include:

  • Handheld magnifiers

  • Stand magnifiers

  • Electronic magnifiers such as a portable CCTV

  • Handheld telescopes

  • Prism glasses such as Pelli prism

  • Bioptics

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