Having Low Vision means being visually impaired and usually refers to a visual condition that cannot be fully corrected by conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses. Conditions that can cause low vision include: trauma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinal detachment and retinitis pigmentosa. Fortunately, Low Vision Care and Vision Aids can help manage the challenges that those with Low Vision face.
Is Low Vision common?
Yes. Having Low Vision is actually the third most commonly occurring physical impairment in those over 65, exceeded only by heart disease and arthritis. Many who have sight loss can find help with specialized low vision care.
What is Low Vision Care?
Low Vision Care is an ongoing program in which eye care and rehab professionals work with the visually impaired over time to address their particular needs. The visit with the eye doctor takes approximately one hour. Additional follow-up visits of 15 to 20 minutes may be needed to find Low Vision Aids that best achieve a patient’s maximum visual potential.
What are Low Vision Aids?
Low Vision Aids (or simply Vision Aids) are special lens systems designed to magnify or illuminate images to improve visual acuity.
Vision Aids may include magnifiers, telescopes, high-powered spectacles, absorptive filters or hand-held electronic devices (CCTVs).
In addition, there are a number of non-optical Vision Aids. These include large-print reading materials, writing and signature guides, and computer screen enlarging programs, among others.
How much will it cost?
If you have Medicare or private insurance, your Low Vision evaluation may be covered, at least in part. The Vision Aids that may be recommended are not covered by Medicare or most other insurance plans.
Preparing for your first visit.
For your initial Low Vision evaluation, please bring your insurance card and any eyeglasses, magnifiers or other devices that you are currently using.
Read more about Low Vision and Aids that are available on our Low Vision page.
Accent Vision Specialists can help you with your Low Vision needs. Contact us today to learn about options that can help.