Low Vision Services in Whitehall, PA
Patients diagnosed with low vision are those whose vision cannot be treated by ordinary methods. Their sight is often not correctable by eyeglasses, contacts, medicine or surgery. This means that routine activities and daily living can be challenging. At Vision Masters our low vision specialist, Dr. Dana Mignogna, helps her patients to live independently. With her assistance many of her patients are able to return to work, stay independent and live happy productive lives. She also educates caregivers with the knowledge of options and measures of visual function so they can better serve.
What Is Low Vision?
Low vision is a term used in the optical industry to describe when a patient's vision is unable to be corrected by traditional methods. This includes vision impairments, legal blindness and almost total blindness. These impairments can include blind spots, tunnel vision, visual field defects, or the reduced ability to distinguish colors and/or contrasts. The goal in low vision is to improve functional vision by aiding independence in daily life with devices.
Causes of Low Vision
Low vision is most common in older patients but can affect those at any age. Low vision issues can result from eye injury, hereditary, brain injuries, birth defects, and eye diseases. There is help available if you have vision loss due to macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes, stroke, cataracts, retinitis pigmentosis, etc.
Signs of Low Vision
Many patients notice changes in their vision that restrict their daily life.
Some of these restrictions include:
- dim lighting
- watching television
- seeing medications
- distinguishing colors/contrasts
- taking part in hobbies
- recognizing family/friends
- using a computer
Low Vision Aids
Aids are available when regular prescription glasses just aren't enough. Low vision aids help to maximize the functional vision that a patient has left.
These devices help offer advantages to partially sighted patients:
- recommendations on lighting
- high powered magnifiers
- contrasting filters
- complex lenses
- electronic magnifiers
- Fresnel/Peli prisms