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Low Vision

What is Low Vision?

Low Vision is primarily diagnosed when at your best correction with traditional glasses, you can’t see better than about 20/50. However, Low Vision can incorporate any level of vision where the vision is not fully improvable through surgery or traditional glasses. This is typically diagnosed by a Low Vision Specialist who has completed an additional residency in that specialty or by your primary Eye Doctor.

Will Low Vision Devices help me or my loved one?

Low Vision Devices will help people who aren’t happy with how they see. They can help you watch TV better, read more easily, paint, write letters, cook, and any number of day to day tasks. The best thing to do is think about what you would like to be able to do that you can’t because of your vision and see what best fits your needs.

What is different about a Low Vision Specialist compared to a primary practice eye doctor?

Low Vision specialists start with the same amount of eye training and specialization as primary practice eye doctors before studying in an additional residency dedicated to Low Vision. This process involves thousands of hours of specialized training, studying every aspect of eye disease and its treatment, including primary care, advanced disease care, Low Vision solutions, and related specialties such as Corneal and Retinal Surgery practice in order to better coordinate with your other doctors.

Does this mean that I should switch doctors to a Low Vision Specialist?

The short answer is no, you shouldn’t have to switch doctors. Low Vision evaluations are performed in coordination with your primary care eye doctor and then repeated as needed. 

What are the chances that I will have success with Low Vision?

Most patients are able to improve their function depending on disease and motivation. Low vision devices often require some training and a motivation to learn new ways of seeing and performing activities, and as cheesy as it sounds, a “can do” attitude is critical
Can’t I Just Get Stronger Glasses?

Unfortunately usually not. While an evaluation by a Low Vision Specialist provides the best possible prescription using specialized techniques, glasses alone can only do so much. Glasses only focus light, they can’t reverse disease. The process of maximizing your vision always starts with the clearest possible pair of glasses, but there is so much more to do than simply stop there! The key is that while there are no “magic glasses”, there are plenty of devices that can allow you to take the vision you have and expand your comfort and quality of vision.
What if I have had a Low Vision appointment before and those devices no longer work?

There are always new solutions out there! What might be the perfect solution at one stage of your condition may not be the best choice later on. 

Why should I have an evaluation before looking at devices?

Your eyes are unique, as are your particular needs. This means that cookie-cutter solutions won’t give all patients the best result, rather your individual set of variables needs to be examined to find the best possible solution for you. Low Vision Specialists undergo thousands of hours of specialized training beyond primary eyecare in order to be able to evaluate these variables and bring you the best solutions.

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