Low vision has many causes, including eye diseases like age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and other medical or physical causes (such as a stroke, retinal detachment, or traumatic brain injury).
Today, there are many products and technologies available that can empower people with low vision to live more independently. One of the biggest frustrations patients have with low vision is how difficult it can be to be self-sufficient. We will work with you to find ways to live as independently as possible.
There’s no need to make the long drive down to Edmonton to receive specialty treatment for low vision. Request an appointment to see one of our experienced Optometrists. Working together, we will help you manage and thrive while living with low vision.
More Information About Low Vision
Low vision has many causes, from eye diseases like glaucoma to fluke accidents that cause traumatic brain injury. Low vision isn’t a “disease” or a “condition” so much as it’s a description of any situation, be it disease or otherwise, that impairs your ability to see.
As many eye diseases form with little or no initial symptoms, regular eye exams are recommended on an annual or bi-annual basis (for most people).
Normal vision is described as the ability to see comfortably, without the use of corrective lenses, at distances both near and afar. This falls into 20/20 to 20/30 vision.
20/20 vision describes when you can see an object at 20 feet as well as most people with “normal” vision. If you have 20/40 vision, that means that you can see at 20 feet what someone with normal vision would see at 40 feet. Low vision generally describes visual capability worse than 20/60.
Today there are lots of ways you can adapt to live with low vision.
Depending on the cause of your low vision, rehabilitation and the restoration of some level of visual acuity is possible. We can also set you up with CNIB who can work with you to find the best accessories, such as magnifying lenses, that will help you read books, use computers, watch tv, and perform other everyday functions.
Ask us about the options available to you and how to best adapt to your low vision.