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Posted on 08-29-2017

Treatment for Low Vision from Your El Paso Optometrist

The low vision describes visual impairment that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, eye surgery, contact lenses or medication. Vision loss associated with low vision involves extreme blurriness and distortion, night blindness, cloudiness, blind spots or tunnel vision (reduced periphery vision). Depth perception may also be impacted if you are diagnosed with low vision. When someone has only 20/70 vision in their better eye, they may be diagnosed with low vision. To be considered legally blind, you must have worse than 20/200 vision in your better eye.

sunglasses laying on vision chat, low vision.

What Causes Low Vision?

Eye diseases account for most cases of low vision. These include:

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Retinal scarring
  • Inherited eye abnormalities
  • Eye injuries

If detected and treated in their early stages, eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy can be treated to prevent the development of low vision. For example, cataracts can be removed and replaced with a synthetic eye lens. Glaucoma may be moderated with eye drops or laser procedures. Other diseases and abnormalities that cannot be reversed such as macular degeneration or genetic eye disorders will need low vision services prescribed by your optometrist in El Paso.

What is Low Vision Care?

An eye doctor specializing in low vision will cover all available treatments alternatives before recommending low vision care devices to improve your ability to see clearly. After evaluating the type and degree of your vision loss, your eye doctor will discuss various tools specially designed to assist people with low vision. Some of these devices include bioptic telescopes, illuminated handheld magnifiers, and computer desktop magnifiers. Low vision optometrists also help patients learn how to utilize these devices as effectively as possible to improve their vision and quality of life.

Learn more about low vision care by calling University Vision Centre in El Paso, TX today at 915-533-1811 to schedule a consultation appointment.

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