Low vision is a term used to refer to a visual impairment that cannot be corrected through surgery, pharmaceuticals, glasses, or contact lenses. It is typically characterized by partial sight such as blurred vision, blind spots, or tunnel vision. A person who has low vision can also technically be classified as legally blind.
Low vision can be caused by eye injury and many eye diseases. Some of these include macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa. Although these problems can happen at any age, these are typically more common in older people.
There are some symptoms of low vision to watch out for. First, you are not able to see as well as you used to. Although eyesight typically declines as people age, low vision will be even more extreme than that. If you are having a hard time reading or distinguishing between different colors or have blurred vision much of the time, it is important to consult with your eye doctor.
Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff will work with you at the first sign of any low vision problems. If we are able to catch the problem before it gets any worse, we may be able to assist you so that you do not continue losing your sight.
If you have any questions regarding low vision, contact us today at (781) 986-7400.