As we age, it’s common for our vision to change, but some people experience low vision all their life.

While it can affect both children and adults, low vision is most common in the elderly.

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What causes low vision?
  • Eye diseases such as: glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa
  • Eye injury
  • Heredity
How does low vision affect daily life?

People with low vision can find it challenging with daily tasks including reading, writing, cooking and housework, watching television, driving or even recognising people.

However, there are many resources and products available to assist those who have low vision. Your optometrist is the best solution for finding the right low vision aid to suit your needs.

 

Experienced in Caring for Vision Problems

Optometrists are experienced in caring for those who have vision problems. They are patient, empathetic, and take the time to understand your specific needs and limitations so they can recommend the best low vision aid for your needs.

Plus they have the latest equipment and technology to diagnose and treat low vision, and will provide you with a range of options to suit your budget.

Ongoing Support and Care

Your optometrist is the best person to provide ongoing support and care to ensure that your low vision aid continues to meet your needs. Regular check-ups will allow your optometrist to monitor your progress so that any necessary adjustments can be made to the aids you use.

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Visual Aids

After completing your eye exam, your optometrist will use the results to select the correct aids to optimise your vision.

Options that may be recommended include special lens tints to enhance contrast and reduce glare, or special glasses coatings.  They may recommend quality magnifiers, full spectrum lighting, or magnifiers with an attached light source as an aid for your low vision.

There are other things you can do to make life with low vision easier:

Adjust Lighting. Ensure that your home is well lit. This may require some trial and error with different lights to determine what works best for you.

Use a magnifier. There is a vast selection of magnifiers available, ranging from hand-held to stand magnifiers. Binoculars and spectacle mounted magnifiers are also an option.

Use large print books for reading. Alternatively, try digital recordings or audio books.

Make use of high contrast for writing. Try writing in large letters with a broad black pen on a white piece of paper or board.

Add a high-contrast stripe on steps (bright colour on dark staircase, or black stripe on light stairs) to prevent falls in people with low vision.

If you or a loved one has low vision, consult your optometrist about the best course of action to make your life easier with low vision.