When eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications, or surgery fail to provide the degree of visual competence needed to perform everyday tasks, a person is said to be experiencing “low vision.” This condition, which is most common among those over the age of 65, can result from eye diseases, health conditions, birth defects, and other causes. Regardless of cause, after a careful evaluation by an eye doctor that includes a comprehensive dilated eye exam, a program of vision rehabilitation can help those with low vision make the most of the vision they have left. This includes training for magnifying and adaptive devices, ways to complete daily living skills safely and independently, and guidance on home modification.
P.S. Common types of low vision include loss of central vision, loss of side (peripheral) vision, blurred vision, generalized haze, extreme light sensitivity, and night blindness.