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Low Vision

Regular Eye Exams Can Help Prevent the Onset of Low Vision

Low vision can cause significant damage to a person’s visual acuity, and in some cases lead to legal blindness. Though low vision is a serious condition, it is not widely discussed. At Naples Eye Physicians in Naples, FL, our ophthalmology team is doing what we can to educate the public about low vision.

Symptoms associated with low vision are irreversible, and there is no documented evidence that the damage caused by low vision can be improved through corrective visual appliances, surgical intervention, or medication. Here is some more information about low vision, including its symptoms, who it commonly affects, and its effects on the lives of those who live with it.

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Symptoms Associated With Low Vision

The symptoms associated with low vision are not universal. However, some symptoms associated with low vision can be found in the majority of the people who suffer from it. Most people who lave low vision have difficulty identifying mechanisms on tablets and computers. They also have trouble identifying switches, dials, and other mechanical controls. This is because low vision causes low visual acuity, or sharpness of vision, as measured by a person’s ability to discern letters or numbers at a given distance according to a fixed standard. Difficulty recognizing faces is also a common symptom associated with low vision. People with low vision are sometimes recognized as legally blind, depending on the severity of the condition.

Our ophthalmologist wants people to understand just how important it is to have their eyes and the eyes of their children examined annually, especially if there is a family history of congenital eye conditions. Low vision can have a significant negative impact on a child’s ability to learn.

Low Vision Does Not Discriminate

Low vision can develop in people of all ages. Several factors can contribute to the manifestation of low vision. A person who has sustained an eye injury is more susceptible to developing low vision than someone who has not. A person’s family history of eye diseases like optic nerve hypoplasia, optic atrophy, and glaucoma also increases the risk of developing low vision. Our ophthalmology team encourages anyone who has any of these risk factors to seek the care of an ophthalmologist.

Eye Evaluation in Naples, FL

Low vision is a seriously detrimental condition that can change the way you live your life. Our ophthalmology team is dedicated to helping people who are diagnosed with low vision establish an appropriate eye care plan to include mobility services, home assessments, eye exams, and rehabilitation training. For more information about low vision, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (239) 262-6288 or visit us online.