“Low vision” is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by surgery, medications, or conventional prescription glasses. Symptoms may include generalized blurriness, specific blind spots or even tunnel vision. Certain conditions that can lead to
low vision include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa.
Dr. Avital Feldman provides extensive low vision evaluations at our Ann’s Choice office. During the evaluation, a manual hands-on refraction is performed to precisely measure the eyeglass prescription. This prescription is then used to develop strategies to enhance the patient’s limited vision. Magnification through specialized high power glasses as well as hand-held magnifiers might be prescribed. Each customized low vision aid is meant to provide independence for specific task-oriented goals. Low vision aids can enhance all ranges of vision. Near vision tasks that benefit from magnification include reading, writing, and crafts. Intermediate vision tasks include computer work, card games, and music playing. Distance vision magnification is used for activities such as watching television and sporting events. Low vision aids have the potential to improve a patient’s quality of life and to regain confidence to perform daily tasks that were once limited by impaired vision.