Low vision is a sight problem that makes it difficult to do everyday activities. Glasses, contact lenses, or other standard treatments like surgery cannot fix it. You may have low vision if you can’t see well enough to do things like reading, drive, recognize people’s faces, telling colors apart, and see your television or computer screen.
Types of low vision
The most common types of low vision are: Central vision loss, which means not being able to see things in the center of your sight; Peripheral vision loss, meaning that you are unable to see things from the corner of your eyes; Night blindness that manifests as an inability to see in low light and, Blurry or hazy vision
Causes of low vision
Different eye conditions can cause low vision. Some of them are:
• Age-related macular degeneration (AMD): this is a common condition that affects the middle part of your eyes; it usually affects people in their 50s and 60s. Although it does not cause total blindness, it can make everyday activities like reading and recognizing faces difficult.
• Cataracts: cataracts are cloudy areas that form in the lens, which is usually transparent. They are the primary cause of vision loss in people aged over 40 years.
• Diabetic retinopathy: an eye condition that causes vision loss in people with diabetes.
• Glaucoma: it is a common eye condition where the optic nerve, which connects the eye to the brain, becomes damaged due to the buildup of fluid in the front part of the eye, which increases the pressure inside the eye.
Your doctor can check for low vision through a dilated eye exam. Your doctor will ask you to read letters that are up-close and far away and will verify if you can see things in the center and the edges of your vision. The doctor will administer some eye drops to dilate (widen) your pupil and check for other eye problems. Treatment options will depend on the specific eye condition that caused your low vision.
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