Our Holmdel Optometrist Discusses Low Vision
Although we can correct most visual acuity problems with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgical procedures, sometimes eyesight deteriorates to the point where optometry can't improve it anymore. Patients with this vision problem are said to have low vision. At Marshall Eye Care we've helped many patients with low vision live more normal, independent lives, both through training and help with lifestyle changes.
What is Low Vision?
With low vision, the eyesight deficit is too severe to be corrected, but some sight still exists. You may have heard of people being partially blind or having partial sight. Officially, if your eyesight in your better eye is 20/70 or lower, and it can't be corrected, you can be said to have low vision. What we commonly use as a standard is if your vision loss prevents you from performing your regular daily activities, you have low vision. This can mean different things to different people.
Low vision can take many forms. You may suffer from a loss of peripheral vision, have a vision loss in the center of your visual field, or have general blurred eyesight everywhere.
When your eyesight can't be corrected or improved, you can still do many things to make living your life easier. Instead of changing your eyesight, we'll work with you to change your environment to a more user-friendly one. We can recommend a wide variety of tools to help you live your life more easily, including:
- Clocks and watches with larger numbers
- Phone with large buttons
- Magnifiers for reading
- Changes in decor to give higher contrast between objects (black and white are easier to see than brown and lighter brown)
- Text-to-voice programs on a computer
- Telescopic reading glasses
Eye Care to Prevent Low Vision
Low vision has many causes, including old age, but a certain percentage of it is caused by eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. The best way to prevent these diseases is by living an eye-healthy lifestyle. Eat a healthy diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids and green, leafy vegetables, quit smoking, limit alcohol consumption, and always wear sunglasses when outdoors, even on cloudy days.
Contact Our Holmdel Eye Care Office
One of the best ways to delay or prevent low vision is by having regular eye examinations, which can offer early diagnosis and treatment for many serious eye diseases. If you haven't had your eyes examined in at least a year, contact our office to make an appointment. Give us a call at 732-837-3332 today and we'll schedule a visit that fits in with your schedule.