If you have been told by your eye care professional that your vision cannot be fully corrected by ordinary prescription lenses, medical treatment, or surgery, and you still have some usable vision, you have what is called "low vision." Don't confuse this condition with blindness. People with low vision still have useful vision that can often be improved with visual devices. Whether your visual impairment is mild or severe, low vision generally means that your vision does not meet your needs. Using visual devices to improve your vision usually begins after your eye doctor has completed medical or surgical treatment or determined that such treatments will not improve your vision.
If you have low vision, you may experience these types of vision problems. You may have:
- overall blurred vision which can be caused by cataracts, scars on the cornea or diabetic retinopathy;
- loss of central or center vision, frequently caused by macular degeneration; or
- loss of peripheral or side vision, most commonly caused by glaucoma or stroke.
The most common cause is macular degeneration, a disease of the retina, the inner layer of the eye that senses light and allows you to see. Macular degeneration causes damage to central vision. It does not cause total blindness, because side (peripheral) vision is not affected.
Schedule an eye exam with Dr. Paternoster today and get screened for low vision or learn about the treaments available for those with existing conditions.
We are conveniently located to serve you. Our office is on Pelham Parkway South, just one block from Jacobi Hospital.