What is Low Vision?

Explains what low vision is, and what kinds of options there are to assist patients who have low vision.



Have you heard of low vision? Low vision refers to vision impairment such as partial sight or legal blindness. Unfortunately, it is not correctable by surgery, medication, contacts or glasses. However, there are certain tools and strategies that help people with low vision maintain daily activities. For example, organizing your refrigerator such that certain items are designated to specific sections, so it’s easier to find what you’re looking for because it’s always in the same place. Additionally, certain lamps can help enhance contrast and control glare, making it easier to see. Luckily, low vision technologies are also smaller and more powerful than ever. For example: Magnifiers can increase the size of objects and text. Electronic devices, such as book readers, smart watches, and GPS navigation use voice technology to read information out loud. Also, computer software can be installed to enlarge and adjust everything on screen for comfort. If you like visiting museums, attending sporting events, or watching movies, don’t worry. Telescope attachments can attach to glasses to help with distance vision. Our practice specializes in helping patients with low vision. If you or someone you know has a visual impairment that interferes with their everyday life, get in touch with us to talk about your options.