Low Vision Care at Hampton Roads Eye Associates
Our Low vision specialist, Dr. Andrew Lewis, performs functional vision examinations using specialized testing procedures to maximize a patient’s vision.
Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. Low vision makes everyday tasks, such as reading the mail, writing, shopping, cooking and seeing the TV difficulty.
It is normal to experience changes in your vision as you age, however these changes do not typically lead to low vision. In most cases, low vision is developed because of health conditions including:
- Macular degeneration
- Retinitis pigmentosa
- Eye injuries
Symptoms of low vision:
Even while wearing your glasses, do you have trouble:
- Recognizing faces of friends and family?
- Doing things that require you to see up close, including reading, cooking, writing, sewing,
- Picking out and matching the color of your clothes?
- Doing things at work or around your home because lights seem too dim?
- Reading street signs & store signs
During your eye exam, your eye doctor will be able to tell the difference between normal changes, and those changes causes by eye diseases. Early detection is crucial for successful treatment. Therefore, yearly eye exams should be part of your routine health care. Also, do not delay a visit to your eye care professional if you recently experienced changes in your vision.
Types of Low Vision:
- Loss of central vision: Creates a blur or blind spot, but side vision remains intact.
- Loss of peripheral (side) vision: Inability to see anything to one side or both sides, or anything directly above and/or below eye level.
- Night blindness: Inability to see outside at night, or in dimly lit room such as restaurants or movie theaters.
- Blurred vision: Even with the glasses, blurred vision causes everything, close or near, to be out of focus.
- Hazy vision: Defined by a sensation of a film or glare in your viewing field.
Low Vision Aides & Rehabilitation
The loss of vision caused by low vision is permanent, and cannot be reversed. However, people who have been diagnosed with low vision do not have to give up their daily activities; rather they will need to learn new ways of doing normal activities with their remaining vision.
There are several tools, techniques and resources available for people with low vision. Our doctors are trained and experienced to help people with low vision. It is our goal to provide you with the confidence, knowledge, and tools to use your remaining vision to it’s fullest potential.