Low Vision Consultations
Low vision is a loss of eyesight due to eye diseases that makes everyday tasks difficult. A person with low vision may find it difficult or impossible to accomplish activities such as reading, writing, shopping, watching television, driving a car or recognizing faces.
When vision cannot be improved with regular eyeglasses, medicine or surgery, people with low vision need help to learn how to make the most of their remaining sight and keep their independence.
The main areas that are usually affected are:
This is the detailed vision we use when we look directly at something. Macular degeneration (AMD) affects central vision. Diabetic retinopathy can affect central or peripheral vision.
This is the less detailed vision we use to see everything around the edges. Glaucoma affects peripheral vision first. Strokes can affect one side of the peripheral vision.
This is the ability to distinguish between objects of similar tones like milk in a white cup or to distinguish facial features. All eye problems can decrease contrast sensitivity.
This is the ability to judge the position of objects. New vision loss in one eye can affect depth perception, such as the height of a step.
The lens in our eye focuses light rays onto our retina. The retina converts these light rays into signals that are sent through the optic nerve to our brain, where they are interpreted as the images we see. A problem with any of these processes affects our vision in various ways.
There are a lot of low vision aids available like magnifying glasses, telescopes, contrasting lenses, electronic devices, etc., that can be used to support and maximize your vision.
During a low vision consultation, we identify the affected area, and demonstrate low vision aids that will maximise your vision.