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 experiencing low vision, it’s not too late to get it checked and begin your road to recovery. There are eye care professionals and a number of different vision services available at eyecarecenter to help and treat low vision in North Carolina.
Types of Low Vision
There are a few different variations of low vision and each one can create unique challenges and vision loss.
Central vision loss - a blind spot in the center of the visual field
Peripheral vision loss - loss of side vision in either one or both eyes or lose of top and bottom vision in one or both eyes
Night blindness - the inability to see in poorly lit areas such as outside at night or in movie theaters
Blurry - objects near and far are out of focus
hazy vision - the field of vision appears to be covered in a film or haze
Total blindness is when an individual has no light perception whereas someone dealing with low vision still has light perception. Individuals with low vision can have visual fields that include blind spots, poor night vision, and blurry sight. It is important to note that two individuals with low vision may experience different symptoms and varying degrees of the same symptom. Low vision is unable to be corrected with glasses or contact lenses or surgery. Low vision is diagnosed in individuals with a visual acuity worse than 20/70 and sight that can not be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Low vision can be caused by a number of different conditions that are both genetic or environmental:
Diagnosing Low Vision
Low vision is defined as having less than 20/70 eyesight, therefore a standard dilated eye exam can diagnose the condition. This exam is painless and your eye care provider will ask you to read letters while they conduct a visual evaluation. They may also check your peripheral vision during the exam. Your doctor may also dilate your eyes to check for eye diseases and conditions that cause low vision. If you are older than 60, or African American and over 40, or have a family history of glaucoma you should get a low vision exam every one to two years.
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 with a low vision specialist for an eye exam as soon as you start to notice changes in your vision.
At eyecarecenter our goal is to provide each patient with their best possible vision.
eyecarecenter have many offices with low vision doctors conveniently located across the state of Kansas, including an office near you. Be sure to schedule an eye exam with the closest low vision doctor here or by calling (844) 393-2428.
There are a wide variety of eye conditions that can cause low vision. The most common being:
Macular degeneration - a disorder that affects the retina
Diabetes - can cause daily vision changes including diabetic retinopathy
Glaucoma - will cause damage to the optic nerve
Cataracts - caused by long term exposure to UV radiation or an injury
Retinitis pigmentosa - an inherited disease that will eventually destroy night vision
Injuries - stroke, brain damage, eye trauma, or head trauma