The term “low vision” refers to partial sight that cannot be corrected with surgery, drugs, eyeglasses, or contact lenses. The condition can range from having unsatisfactory vision to being nearly blind. The causes of low vision include eye injury, diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and heredity. As a result of reduced visual acuity or decreased contrast sensitivity, low-vision individuals may be unable to fully distinguish colors, see contrasts, or determine spatial relationships among objects. Fortunately, there are a variety of devices and strategies available for helping people with low vision overcome vision loss and live independently. The eye professional can recommend appropriate optical devices such as magnifiers and train the patient to use them. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can reduce central vision to the point where those afflicted with the disease cannot read or recognize faces. People with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) usually do not experience pain or a sudden loss of vision. Early signs of vision loss from AMD include shadowy areas in your central vision or unusually fuzzy or distorted vision. Whether or not you experience vision problems, protect your vision by having routine eye health exams.