What is low vision?

Low vision is the term used to describe significant visual impairment that can’t be corrected fully with glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery. A person may have the best fitting prescription from their eye doctor but continue to not be able to see well and be unable to function in their environment.

Typically a patient with low vision needs at least large print book size book print or larger to be able to read and see functionally.

Common eye conditions that cause low vision:

ConditionsMost Common Symptoms and Warning Signs
Macular DegenerationVision loss in center of eye; blurred vision; straight lines look wavy; need for more light; affects one or both eyes 
GlaucomaGradual loss of peripheral, or side, vision; difficulty driving at night; loss of contrast
CataractsHazy vision; difficulty driving at night; double vision; trouble distinguishing colors; sensitivity to glare
Diabetic RetinopathyBlurred or changing vision; difficulty reading; floaters; affects central or peripheral vision

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