What is Low Vision?
"Low vision" is impaired vision that cannot be fully restored by surgery, medical treatments, or conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses. Low vision is not blindness.
Proper definition of Low Vision given by World Health Organization (WHO) is “A person with low vision is one who has impairment of visual functioning even after treatment, and/ or standard refractive correction, and has a visual acuity of less than 6/18 to light perception or a visual field of less than 10 degrees from the point of fixation, but who uses, or is potentially able to use, vision for the planning and/or execution of a task”.
You are not alone; over 314 million people are visually impaired worldwide. We are here to help. You can do something about low vision.
Our goal is to help you make the most of the eyesight you have so you can do more of the things you need and want to do — whether it's reading a book, writing a letter, shopping, watching television or doing crafts.
When an individual's eyesight cannot be corrected to better than 6/60 with lenses, then he/she is diagnosed as having low vision. Macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and genetic diseases are just some of the causes of this diminished vision. Unfortunately many people are told that nothing can be done. While there may not be a cure, we can design and prescribe low vision systems for many of these individuals. Bi-optic telescopes and microscopes are mounted in a pair of glasses to allow many of them to resume reading, cooking, hobbies, playing cards and in some cases driving – greatly improving their lifestyles.
In our Low Vision Center we train individuals to use these systems. We also carry a large and comprehensive selection of magnifiers, head-borne video systems and other aids to assist the visually handicapped.
Low Vision Systems
- • Daily Living Aids
- • Magnifiersk
- • Large print books
- • Telescopic systems
- • Custom lighting
- • Microscopic systems
- • Daily living assistance aids
- • Closed-circuit televisions
- • Needle threaders
- • Large print playing cards