"Low Vision" is a term describing a patient's vision as poor enough in both eyes to significantly impair the functioning and quality of life for that person. For this patient, vision cannot be adequately corrected with medical or surgical therapy, conventional eye wear, or contact lenses. It is most often a loss of clear central vision, but may also include a loss of field of vision, excessive light sensitivity, distorted vision, or loss of contrast. Low vision evolves either as a result of birth defects, injury, a degenerative aging process, or as a complication of disease.
Low Vision services do not cure the cause of the vision problem, but rather utilize the remaining vision to its fullest potential. Low vision care does not replace the need for ongoing treatment of disease with laser, medications, and surgery when prudent. Low vision doctors prescribe prescription eye wear, filters, microscopic or telescopic eye wear, magnifiers, adaptive equipment, closed circuit television systems, independent living aids, and offer training and counseling to patients.