What is Low Vision?
Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery and that interferes with the ability to perform everyday activities. Macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and Retinitis Pigmentosa, along with other eye diseases, are causes of visual impairment or low vision. Most people begin to experience difficulty with daily activities such as reading when their vision reaches 20/70 or worse and should seek out the care of a Low Vision Specialist.
Low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, people find everyday tasks difficult to do. Reading the mail, shopping, cooking, seeing the TV, and writing can seem challenging.
Many people with low vision are taking charge. They want more information about devices and services that can help them keep their independence.
Rehabilitation programs, devices, and technology can help you adapt to vision loss. They may help you keep doing many of the things you did before.