Patients with low vision are often told that there is nothing more that can be done for them. That perspective is wrong! While medically there may not be anything that can be done to reverse vision loss, in many cases a low vision optometrist can help the patient to regain their independence and do the things they love, by prescribing advanced optics that are custom designed for them. Many patients are amazed that they can drive, read, watch TV, sew, play cards, see faces, and many more activities that they thought were no longer an option for them.
What is Low Vision?
The definition of Low vision is significant vision impairment, which is characterized by either reduced visual acuity (to 20/70 or worse) or reduced field of view, which usually results from serious eye disease or an injury.
The vision loss can’t be fully corrected.
While Low vision can affect both children and adults, it is more common in the elderly, due to their risk of eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts. These diseases are common causes of low vision.
What causes Low Vision?
Low Vision can be caused by a number of disorders. If you have Macular Degeneration (Wet or Dry), Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Glaucoma, Albinism, or Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardt’s Disease), we will examine your ocular tissues thoroughly. Early detection of any changes is critical for managing eye disease and preventing vision loss. A low vision optometrist’s goal is to assess your vision, visual needs, and provide the best tools available to help you use your remaining vision to its full potential.
What are the effects of Low Vision?
Low Vision can turn daily activities into a difficult challenge. Routine tasks that people have enjoyed their whole life, such as reading, watching TV, cooking, and driving, can become impossible. This causes a loss of independence which can result in the patient spiraling into feelings of isolation and depression. If you or a loved one has reduced vision, our Low Vision optometrist understands how frustrating this can be. To restore independence and improve quality of life, we work to help you maximize your remaining eyesight.
Is Low Vision Common?
Low Vision affects approximately 250 million people around the globe. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to 90% of these people do not have the financial means to improve their situation and therefore, are left to suffer from low vision.
Fortunately, in the United States, you may be entitled to help from your vision or medical insurance plan. Call our office to find out more about your situation.
What Can be Done to Treat Low Vision in Long Island?
In our Long Island Vision Center, we begin with a thorough eye exam that includes many advanced tests to assess exactly where your vision is and what the issues are. Dr. Schoenbardt will then design a unique course of treatment to help you regain the use of some of your vision. This plan is individual and takes into account the tasks you most wish to perform.
Dr. Schoenbart will recommend the latest low vision devices that may include custom telescope glasses, Escoop glasses, bioptic telescopes, and CCTV. We provide fitting for the different devices and help you learn how to use them. Our patients are amazed that they are now able to do the tasks they thought they could no longer do. Patients with low vision often are able to drive again, read again, and feel the freedom of independence. For more information, call 516-252-0193 to speak with our low vision optometrist today.