Low Vision Services
A person with low vision has reduced visual acuity, difficulties with contrast, or an obstruction of their field of view...or perhaps all three of these. This vision loss cannot be corrected or improved with conventional glasses or contact lenses, or with medical or surgical intervention.
People with low vision experience a range of difficulties such as discomfort or fatigue when reading, difficulty recognizing faces or street signs, driving, negotiating steps or curbs or uneven surfaces, all of which affect their quality of life.
A person's functional vision may be improved with the use of hand-held magnifiers, tinted lenses, telescopes, magnifying spectacles or video magnifiers prescribed by a doctor specially trained in low vision and vision rehabilitation.
Leading causes of low vision are related to macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes, cataracts and stroke.