What is Low Vision?
Low vision is an eye condition characterized by a visual acuity of 20/70. However, low vision cannot be corrected by standard glasses, contact lenses or surgery.
The most common types of low vision are loss of peripheral vision, loss of central vision, blurred vision, hazy vision, and night blindness.
Who is at Risk for Low Vision?
People most at risk for low vision are the elderly particularly those over the age of 65 but low vision can still occur at any stage in life.
What Causes Low Vision?
The common causes of low vision include eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration. It can also develop due to diabetes and aging.
What are the Symptoms of Low Vision?
People having low vision may experience difficulties in doing activities like reading, watching television, recognizing faces, recognizing objects at a distance, differentiating colors, and seeing well up close.
How is Low Vision Treated?
As mentioned earlier, low vision may not be corrected by wearing glasses or contact lenses. However, there are still low vision aids that can help you identify objects or read better. These include magnifying glass, voice-response computer, screen reader, and wearable telescope.
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