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Low Vision

We Specialize in Diagnosing and Managing Low Vision in Our Patients

Low Vision Must Be Diagnosed by a Specially Trained Eye Doctor

There are many diseases and conditions that can cause low vision. Because of this it is imperative that a comprehensive eye wellness exam be performed by a doctor with specialized training. At Lakeland Family Eyecare we are prepared to assist with all low vision patient needs.

Through this examination process the Optometrist will identify the cause of your low vision and the extent of your visual capabilities. From there we will go over your options for management and vision rehabilitation services (if applicable).

What to Expect During a Low Vision Exam

A low vision eye exam will be longer than the usual hour required for comprehensive eye wellness exams. To properly test your overall eye health and level of vision, expect the following during your low vision exam: 

    • Discuss your health and medication history
    • Discuss your vision history and concerns
    • Evaluate your eye health from front to back in detail
    • Visual acuity testing – Determine the sharpness and clarity of your near and far vision
    • Visual field testing – Determine how much peripheral vision you have

Important Information About Low Vision

What is Low Vision?

Low vision is a loss of eyesight that makes everyday tasks difficult. Low vision patients have visual impairments that are not able to be corrected through surgery, corrective eyewear, or medication.

Patients with low vision may find certain tasks difficult or impossible. The tasks including things such as reading, writing, shopping, watching TV, using digital devices, or driving a vehicle.

What Causes Low Vision?

Low vision can be caused by a myriad of disorders that affect the eye directly or the visual system itself. The most common cause, known as age-related macular degeneration, is due to deterioration of the central part of the retina.


Other potential causes of low vision may include:

    • Birth defects
    • Injuries
    • Certain diseases of the body
    • Aging
    • Cataracts
    • Glaucoma
    • Damage to the optic nerve
Can Low Vision Be Prevented?

This depends on the cause of low vision. Situations such as preexisting health conditions or eye trauma are not necessarily avoidable. For many eye conditions, living a healthy and active lifestyle alongside regular eye exams is what most of us need to maintain good ocular health throughout our lifetime.

With the numerous amount of potential causes that can lead to low vision, your best chance to retain good vision is through early detection and, if needed, on-going management.

Regular eye exams are critical in detecting eye and health conditions. The earlier on our Optometrist can diagnose and treat you, the longer you can enjoy your eyesight.

Next Steps

Life With Low Vision

There is no way around it, if you have low vision you will need to implement adaptations to your lifestyle and how you go about your daily activities. Thankfully, advances in technology and research over the years have provided a vast selection of low vision aids and proven strategies. These can help patients with low vision maximize their remaining vision and maintain their independence.

Every one of our patients is different, meaning the treatment and management strategies we discuss will be different for everyone.

Possible options to manage your low vision include:

  • Optical aids such as:
    • Magnifying glasses
    • Illuminated stand magnifiers
    • Strong reading glasses
    • Telescopes to enhance distance vision
  • Adaptive daily living objects:
    • Large print reading material (books, magazines, phone dials etc)
    • Increased font on digital devices
  • Increased lighting, positioned optimally
  • Training to use optical and electronic devices correctly
  • Vision rehabilitation
  • Education and recommendations to local resources