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 suffering from blurry vision or low vision, it’s not too late to make an appointment and begin your road to recovery. The experts at The EyeDoctors Optometrists can help diagnose your low vision and help you with your eye care at all our locations serving Kansas.
Vision Rehabilitation Services at The EyeDoctors Optometrists
After receiving a comprehensive eye exam to confirm a low vision diagnosis, the optometrists at The EyeDoctors Optometrists can develop a custom eye care treatment plan that is right for you and your vision rehabilitation needs. Rehabilitating your vision is similar to physical therapy, but for your eyes and there are a number of different rehabilitation services available. There are a few steps to a vision rehabilitation program. First, your optometrist will evaluate your vision, conduct a few eye examinations to assess your visual function, and then create your rehabilitation plan. Your rehabilitation plan might include environmental modification and use of low vision devices. The providers at The EyeDoctors Optometrists are here to help you rehabilitate your eyesight. The goal of low vision rehabilitation is to help preserve your sight. Low vision rehabilitation will not reverse any damage that has already occurred; however, It can help you keep the sight you have left. .
Risk Factors For Low Vision
While anyone can experience low vision, it is most common in adults over age 45 and is even more common in adults over 75. In fact, one in 6 aged 45+ have this condition and one in 4 adults over 75 have low vision. Low vision is caused by a variety of eye conditions and eye injuries. For example, diabetes may cause diabetic retinopathy which will place an individual at an increased risk of developing low vision.
Other common causes of low vision are macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Macular degeneration is a disorder that affects the retina and its cause is largely unknown, but age is a primary contributor as is smoking and nutrition. A cataract is when part of all of the lens in the eye is clouded. They can be caused by genetics, long term exposure to UV radiation, and disease. A glaucoma occurs when there is increased pressure in the eye caused by problems with fluid drainage. A glaucoma will then cause damage to the optic nerve and the first signs of a glaucoma are difficulty with night vision and loss or change in peripheral vision.
Understanding Your Low Vision Treatment Options
Unfortunately, low vision is usually permanent. However, the expert eye care team at The EyeDoctors Optometrists may be able to help you improve your vision or prevent it from getting worse. We understand how important your vision is to you since it is necessary for so many daily activities. You should pursue low vision rehabilitation as soon as you experience loss of vision. Choosing the right vision rehabilitation team is essential. You should look for health care professionals who create a safe, friendly environment like The EyeDoctors Optometrists. Vision rehabilitation is the standard of care for people suffering from vision loss. Your team of eye care professionals may recommend you to use low vision aids such as telescopes, microscopes, or hand magnifiers which are designed to help you as you go through your day. It is important that you and your optometrist discuss the vision services that are best for you and your unique needs.
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.
At The EyeDoctors Optometrists our goal is to provide each patient with their best possible vision.
The EyeDoctors Optometrists 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.
While low vision is a lot to adjust to, individuals can still live a fulfilling life. With advances in technology, there are a lot of visual aids and tools that may help individuals with low vision continue to do the things they love to do:
High-contrast clocks and watches
Talking watches and clocks
Clocks, phones, and watches with large numbers
Books on DVD/CD/audiocassette
Various smartphone apps
Be sure to discuss further with your optometrist as he or she may have a list of services in your area or equipment that you can rent or buy.
It depends, if the underlying condition is diagnosed early, such as diabetic retinopathy or cataracts, it can be prevented entirely or reversed. If low vision is caused by a genetic disease, you may be able to seek vision rehabilitation for it to protect your remaining vision. It is very important to have annual eye examinations to stay on top of your ocular health so that if an issue does arise, you and your optometrist can stay on top of it.