What is Low Vision?
Low vision is the term used to refer to a visual impairment that is not correctable through surgery, pharmaceuticals, glasses or contact lenses. It is often characterized by partial sight, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision, but also includes legal blindness. Low vision can impact people of all ages, but is primarily associated with older adults (i.e., people aged 60 years and over). It is estimated that more than 2.9M people in the U.S. suffer from low vision.
The Vision Council has launched a standalone website, whatislowvision.org, dedicated to educating low vision patients and caregivers about low vision and low vision solutions. The site was created to serve as an online resource for people with vision impairment due to various eye conditions, including age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa, often associated with aging. The site aims to answer questions that those with low vision, in addition to their loved ones and caregivers, may have by addressing its causes and warning signs, as well as offering information about vision enhancing devices and medical solutions.
To learn more about low vision, or to locate a low vision specialist near you, visit whatislowvision.org.
If you would like to have someone from The Vision Council contact you about Low Vision and potential solutions, please call our hotline at 1-877-457-0536 or click this link to fill out our contact form.