The Low-Down on Low Vision

Over the past few months you’ve noticed your glasses just aren’t working as well as they used to. You’re having problems seeing at night, and your peripheral vision doesn’t seem as accurate as it used to be. After receiving an exam at Daytona Eye Center, you were told you could have low vision.

What Is Low Vision?

Low vision is a visual impairment that reduces a person’s degree of vision. This condition is not the same as blindness; however, it usually can’t be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Low vision makes everyday tasks like reading, driving, watching TV, and shopping difficult and sometimes impossible. 

Low vision is a problem for approximately 135 million people world-wide.  The condition can be a result of glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts—all of which can be contributing factors. Albinism, eye trauma, eye cancer, stroke, and brain injury can also contribute to this condition. Although anyone can suffer from low vision, those who experience it are typically over the age of 45, and the risk for this condition increases for those over 65.

Understanding the Types of Low Vision

 To bring awareness to the condition, February has been deemed Low Vision Awareness Month. To help provide you with information about this condition, here are the five most common types of low vision:

  • Hazy vision. Those who have this condition experience vision that seems to be covered with a film or glare.
  • Blurred vision. This condition causes objects both near and far to appear out of focus.
  • Loss of central vision. This type of low vision causes a blind spot in the center of one’s vision.
  • Night blindness. Those who suffer from night blindness have difficulty seeing in dark settings such as movie theaters, as well as outside at night.
  • Loss of peripheral vision. This condition causes an inability to see anything to either side and above or below eye level.

You May Be Eligible for Social Security Benefits

 If you have low vision, you could qualify to receive Social Security benefits. The attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert may be able to help. Contact us today at 800.556.8890 to find out more.