Low vision is visual impairment or loss that cannot be corrected by conventional glasses, contact lenses, surgery or medicine. Among adults over 45 years of age, the leading causes of low vision include age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. Children may also be born with conditions that affect vision such as retinopathy of prematurity, nystagmus, or optic nerve hypoplasia, among others.
Typically, eye diseases cause one or more of the following symptoms:
Regardless of age, there often remains a considerable amount of functional vision that can be used to help people live independent, productive lives and maximize their quality of life with low vision rehabilitation.
Low vision rehabilitation involves training and therapy that ensures you develop the skills and strategies necessary to help you achieve whatever vision-related goals you set for yourself.
While low vision rehabilitation cannot restore lost sight, it can make the most of the existing sight you do have, and it can equip you with the techniques necessary to maintain an independent lifestyle. Low vision rehabilitation will help you cope with vision loss, travel safely, take care of your home, meet your career objectives and enjoy leisure activities. In short, low vision therapy helps you continue to do what you want to do.
Individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury, stroke or resection of a tumor often experience a change in vision after the event. The most common difficulties include blurred vision, reduced peripheral vision, neglect, double vision and dry eyes. Even if these difficulties are temporary during recovery, it is beneficial to have the best strategy to improve vision to facilitate overall rehabilitation. Appropriate spectacles, intervention and therapy are recommended, including low vision rehabilitation. For more information on vision rehabilitation and vision recovery, call (713) 743-0799.