Low Vision is defined as having reduced visual abilities. As opposed to blindness, people with Low Vision maintain some level of functioning eyesight. However, regular daily tasks may be challenging. Our experienced optometrist, Dr. Yesnick, specializes in caring for patients with Low Vision. Using many different techniques and strategies we will make the most of the sight you have left.
The goal of our Low Vision treatment in Las Vegas is to preserve and optimize your independence. If you are struggling with Low Vision, we urge you to contact us for a consultation.
Who is at risk of developing low vision?
The main cause of low vision is eye disease. Diseases that can cause low vision range from macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma to retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. These eye diseases are typically associated with aging, which is why low vision occurs frequently in the elderly. A brain injury or eye injury may also lead to low vision, and sometimes family genetics are to blame.
What are some of the symptoms of low vision?
The symptoms we see most at YESnick Vision Center include:
- visual acuity less than 20/70
- blind spots
- tunnel vision
- blurry eyesight
- lower sensitivity to light
- vision loss in your entire visual field
As a result of these symptoms, routine activities may become difficult. From reading to cooking to driving and watching TV you will want to learn about low vision devices and how you can best utilize your remaining eyesight.
What are visual aids and how can they help?
At YESnick Vision Center we carry a wide range of Low Vision aids. Dr. Yesnick will exam you and recommend the best ones for your needs. Some devices use telescopes or magnifiers to enlarge the object, page or screen that you are viewing. Other types of visual aids lessen disturbing glare and improve visual contrast, making it easier for you to see. Devices that add non-visual cues, such as touch or sound, may also enhance your ability to see and identify objects. Our eye care specialists will meet with you to decide which visual aids will be most helpful for your personal lifestyle.
How can I help myself cope with Low Vision?
At YESnick Vision Center in Las Vegas, we encourage people with low vision to practice various self-help strategies, in addition to using low vision devices. Not only is it gratifying to know that you can help yourself, but joining forces with your eye doctor by investing your own efforts is the most powerful way to maximize your quality of life.
Our eye doctor recommends using the following tips and aids for coping with low vision:
Magnifying tools: depending upon your needs, hand-held and stand-alone magnifiers can be helpful. There is also eyeglass mounted magnifying lenses that work the same way. You can try both out and see which is more comfortable for you.
Lighting: it may be worthwhile to install new lighting in your home. Experiment with various lights and powers to determine which ones improve your vision.
Large-print books: reading materials with extra large font may allow you to read print books. A digital reader is another good option, allowing you to enlarge the font as necessary.
Audiobooks: if reading printed text is impossible or too hard, digital recordings and mp3s are a great alternative.
Lens tints: specialized tinted eyeglass lenses may provide low vision assistance if you have hypersensitivity to light, which can be common with cataracts and retinitis pigmentosa.
Apply high-contrast stripes: contrasting lines on staircases and in between different flooring can prevent falls and accidents. Use light stripes on dark colors and black stripes on light steps.
Whether Low Vision is caused by eye injury, macular degeneration, cataracts or a different eye problem, reduced eyesight can lead to reduced independence. This need to depend upon others for many daily tasks often spirals into depression. Our Las Vegas eye doctors can help you. Using new technologies and low vision aids you will be able to regain some of your independence and quality of life.