Understanding Low Vision

What is low vision?
What are low vision aids?

 

What is low vision?

If you have low vision, even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery you may find it hard to see things clearly and everyday tasks may be difficult to carry out. Many people who have low vision would describe their vision loss more as “poor eyesight” or “poor vision”. Low vision can range from a partial loss of vision such as blind spots to being registered as blind/severely sight impaired or partially sighted/sight impaired.

 

What are low vision aids?

Low vision aids (LVAs) are devices, either optical (magnifiers) or non-optical (lighting and electronic systems) that can be used to improve the quality of vision. The use of low vision aids can help you to maximise your remaining vision, improving your daily life.

There are low vision aids which can help you to do many useful things close-up, like reading or seeing control buttons on a cooker. Other low vision aids are also available, which can also be useful for seeing things which are far away, like road signs, or looking at a view.

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