How does low vision affect eyesight?
Low vision covers a range of partial vision loss that presents differently in different people. Depending on the severity, type, and cause and cause of low vision, patients might have some useful vision. Usually, low vision involves visual acuity of less than 20/70, blurred vision, blind spots, significant visual field loss, and tunnel vision. This can include a visual acuity of 20/200 or less, which is considered legal blindness. A person with low vision may be almost completely blind in some cases.
Low Vision And Daily Life
Depending on the extent of the vision loss, completing daily tasks might become difficult. Daily tasks including reading, driving, cooking, and recognizing people may become difficult or impossible.
While this diagnosis can be shocking, there is good news. There are numerous products and resources available to those with low vision to help them adjust and go about their daily lives. However, this diagnosis often takes an emotional toll. As it often results in a person’s inability to function independently, work, and do other things which they had become accustomed to, many patients feel isolated and depressed at first.
Visual Rehabilitation and Visual Aids
When someone has low vision, it means that a limited amount of their sight remains. There are millions of people living with low vision that function well with the help of visual rehabilitation or visual aids.
What Are Visual Aids?
These devices help people with low vision by maximizing what remains of their eyesight. Handheld, mounted, or stand-alone magnifiers, telescopes, and other tools that enlarge images to make them more visible are often used. Other visual aids reduce glare and enhance contrast, making it easier for those with low vision to see. Other aids act as guides which help the person focus on non-visual cues such as sound or touch. Patients must consult with professionals to find the ideal visual aids for their needs and lifestyle.
Ways To Make Living With Low Vision Easier
- Make sure the lighting on your home suits you. Experiment with different lights and voltages to figure out what works best for you.
- Use a magnifier. There are many types available.
- Ask you vision specialist about specialized lenses for your specific condition.
- Read large print books or listen to audio-books.
- Make use of high contrast writing.
- Put high contrast stripe on the steps in your home so they remain visible to you.
- Embrace technology that can help make your daily life easier.
If you or a loved one has developed low vision, there are many options available to help you maintain a high quality of life.