“Low vision” is the term used to describe any visual distortion that cannot be corrected to (near) normal with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery. The most common cause of low vision is age-related macular degeneration. The key to coping with low vision is making the most of one’s remaining vision. To this end, the magnifying glass remains one of the best ways to maximize one’s remaining vision. This low-tech solution can be put to work by incorporating small magnifying lenses into prescription eyeglasses as bifocals. Conversely, special lenses that work like miniature telescopes can be mounted on glasses for use while driving or watching a movie. There are also various high-tech solutions that can help people cope with low vision. The vision loss associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) usually occurs in the central portion of the visual field.
Apr 21, 2015