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What exactly is Low Vision?

 

 

If you came to the office in February you might have noticed the doctors and staff wearing purple ribbons. This was for Low Vision Awareness Month! Low Vision is one of the specialties that we offer at Eye Vision Associates. Dr. Gnadt, Dr. Protosow, and Dr. Rossi provide low vision exams to patients of all ages with varying degrees of vision loss.

So, what exactly is Low Vision? Low Vision is when a person suffers from vision loss that is non-correctable with glasses or contact lenses. People with low vision can struggle with daily tasks like reading, cooking, even recognizing people’s faces.

So, what can we do for these patients? Low Vision Rehabilitation is a service that we provide to help patients enhance their visual function and improve their quality of life. Examples of low vision devices include: handheld and desktop magnifiers, telescopic devices and a variety of electronic magnifiers and closed-circuit television magnifiers. We can provide our patients with resources regarding transportation, large print or audiobooks, and available smartphone apps or computer software that might help them to have a more active and independent lifestyle.

Stay tuned for more information about the 3 most common diseases that cause low vision: Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, and Diabetic Retinopathy.

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