If you are experiencing blurry vision and not able to see well enough to do everyday activities such as reading and driving, you may be suffering from low vision. Low vision is most often a symptom of a condition, not a condition on its own. It is common in individuals suffering from vision problems like age related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy or glaucoma.
Even if you are suffering from changes in your vision, it's not too late to get an eye exam and begin your road to recovery.
If you are suffering from blurry vision or low vision, it’s not too late to make an appointment and begin your road to recovery. The experts at EyeCare Associates can help diagnose your low vision and help you with your eye care at all our locations serving Alabama.
Vision Rehabilitation Services at EyeCare Associates
After receiving a comprehensive eye exam to confirm a low vision diagnosis, the optometrists at EyeCare Associates can develop a custom eye care treatment plan that is right for you and your vision rehabilitation needs. Rehabilitating your vision is similar to physical therapy, but for your eyes and there are a number of different rehabilitation services available. There are a few steps to a vision rehabilitation program. First, your optometrist will evaluate your vision, conduct a few eye examinations to assess your visual function, and then create your rehabilitation plan. Your rehabilitation plan might include environmental modification and use of low vision devices. The providers at EyeCare Associates are here to help you rehabilitate your eyesight. The goal of low vision rehabilitation is to help preserve your sight. Low vision rehabilitation will not reverse any damage that has already occurred; however, It can help you keep the sight you have left. .
Symptoms of Low Vision
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with your eye care provider as you will require an eye exam to diagnose low vision.
Loss of central vision - a blur or a blind spot in the center of your visual field but your peripheral vision remains
Night blindness - when one cannot see outside at night or in dimly lit areas
Loss of peripheral vision - also known as tunnel vision, this is when one loses side vision in both or one eye or when one cannot see above or below eye level
Blurred vision - when the visual field is out of focus even with corrective lenses
Hazy vision - field of vision seems to be covered with a film or glare
Understanding Your Low Vision Treatment Options
Unfortunately, low vision is usually permanent. However, the expert eye care team at EyeCare Associates may be able to help you improve your vision or prevent it from getting worse. We understand how important your vision is to you since it is necessary for so many daily activities. You should pursue low vision rehabilitation as soon as you experience loss of vision. Choosing the right vision rehabilitation team is essential. You should look for health care professionals who create a safe, friendly environment like EyeCare Associates. Vision rehabilitation is the standard of care for people suffering from vision loss. Your team of eye care professionals may recommend you to use low vision aids such as telescopes, microscopes, or hand magnifiers which are designed to help you as you go through your day. It is important that you and your optometrist discuss the vision services that are best for you and your unique needs.
Having trouble with your sight? Worried you may have low vision or an underlying vision condition? Be sure to schedule an exam with our vision care experts.
To be considered legally blind your vision is 20/200 or less out of your better eye or, your field of vision is less than 20 degrees. Meaning, if an object is 200 feet away, you would have to be 20 feet from it to see it clearly. It is possible to have low vision and be legally blind, however, low vision starts at 20/70. Therefore most individuals with low vision are not considered legally blind. However, legal blindness can occur if the symptom is not addressed so it is very important to make an appointment for an eye exam as soon as you start to notice changes in your vision.
There are a number of things you can do to manage your low vision. A quality diet, exercise, rest, avoiding smoking, and having regular eye exams can all help people manage their low vision. Visual rehabilitation is commonly used to help people with low vision. Your low vision specialist at EyeCare Associates will help you to develop a plan for your visual rehabilitation that might include use of low vision devices such as magnifying lenses. In order to determine what vision devices you might need they will first conduct an evaluation to understand your needs and then move on to a visual assessment to fully understand your vision. From there you will begin your rehabilitation which might include low vision devices or environment adjustments.
While low vision is a lot to adjust to, individuals can still live a fulfilling life. With advances in technology, there are a lot of visual aids and tools that may help individuals with low vision continue to do the things they love to do:
High-contrast clocks and watches
Talking watches and clocks
Clocks, phones, and watches with large numbers
Books on DVD/CD/audiocassette
Various smartphone apps
Be sure to discuss further with your optometrist as he or she may have a list of services in your area or equipment that you can rent or buy.