Low Vision At Holicki Eye Center & Optical
If you wear glasses or contacts to see correctly, you are considered to have a refractive error. These can be treated with glasses, contact lenses, and Lasik surgery. If your eye doctor has tried various prescriptions, but your vision is still worse than 20/70 in the better eye, you are considered to have low vision.
What Are the Causes Of Low Vision?
Various diseases and conditions of the eye can cause low vision. These include:
- Blurry, cloudy vision caused by cataracts
- Blurriness or blind spots that obscure your central vision caused by macular degeneration
- Visual distortions, blind spots, and blurriness caused by diabetic retinopathy
- Tunnel vision caused by glaucoma
- A reduction in peripheral vision and difficulty seeing in the dark due to retinitis pigmentosa
- Low vision can be genetic
- Low vision can occur as a result of an eye injury
How Can Low Vision Impact Your Life?
When your vision loss becomes so severe that it cannot be corrected with glasses or contacts, it can affect your life in a variety of ways. When you are unable to see well, you will lose a lot of your independence. You will no longer be able to drive a car and get around on your own. This lack of independence can be frustrating, and it can make you feel cut off from the world. This can result in depression. Low vision can make watching television, reading, and using a computer difficult. These drastic life changes can have a negative effect on your overall quality of life. Low vision can also force you to quit your job and stop working altogether. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey of 2010, only 24 percent of working-age Americans with visual disabilities have full-time jobs. Only 13 percent of those people were actively looking for work. Unfortunately, there aren't many jobs out there for someone with low vision.
What Can Be Done About Low Vision?
If your low vision is due to a treatable condition such as cataracts, surgery can treat the problem and improve your vision. Certain treatments can slow the progression of glaucoma or macular degeneration; however, over time, vision loss is inevitable. Fortunately, there are a few low vision aids which your doctor of optometry can prescribe to make your life easier.
- Lighted handheld magnifiers for reading
- Digital desktop magnifiers
- Bioptic telescopes
- Handheld digital magnifiers
- Text-to-speech software
- Software for computer magnification
Contact Holicki Eye Center & Optical Today!
If you are suffering from low vision, you should schedule an appointment with Holicki Eye Center & Optical in Coldwater. Our doctor of ophthalmology suggest treatments and prescribe low vision aids to improve your vision and your quality of life. If your condition has caused you to become frustrated or depressed, we can refer you to a mental health professional to help you cope.