What is Low Vision Care?



Many senior citizens experience problems with their eyesight. It is important to know that low vision requires different approaches to care because there are various causes of the condition. Some individuals develop it over time as their eyes age or they may have a genetic predisposition to a certain eye disease. Other people may experience a sudden trauma to their eyes and the results are a loss of vision or vision impairments. The low vision care involves a thorough examination by an eye doctor who does tests to determine your current vision status and recommends an appropriate treatment plan.low vision

Your regular eye doctor can perform an exam, and if there is an indication that you may have low vision he/she can refer you to a low vision specialist. During the specialist exam, they will gather information about your medical history and your optical history. After an assessment of your  eye doctor may then measure the following:

  • Visual acuity
  • Contrast sensitivity
  • Peripheral Vision
  • Depth perception
  • Ocular response to glare

The 2 main types of treatments available are surgical and pharmaceutical.  For example, if you have macular degeneration, there are several injectable medicines that can help prevent further vision loss and even improve your vision. Other treatment plans are:

  • Prescription eyeglasses
  • Optical systems
  • Therapeutic filters
  • Medical rehabilitative therapy.

Each plan is designed to give you the ability to perform activities of daily living. You can also maintain a diet rich in vitamins and minerals that can help improve vision.

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