What is Low Vision?

Low Vision can affect people of any age and can’t be corrected with glasses. Contact your optometric physician today to find out if low vision aids can help!

Low vision is the term used to describe visual impairment that can’t be corrected fully with glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery. Low vision can affect people of any age. Children can have low vision due to a birth defect or injury. Low vision in adults and seniors can be particularly traumatic, leading to frustration and depression. Losing the ability to drive safely, read quickly, watch television or view a computer screen can cause people with low vision to feel shut off from the world.

Low Vision Includes those with:

  • Loss of best-corrected visual acuity to a level that interferes with daily activities
  • Significant peripheral vision loss or blind spots in the vision
  • Legal blindness- typically defined as visual acuity of 20/200 or worse (in the better eye, with the best possible vision correction in place) or a field of view (visual field) that is constricted to 20 degrees or less.

A low vision specialist can evaluate the degree and type of vision loss and prescribe appropriate low vision aids such as lighted handheld magnifiers, digital desktop magnifiers and bioptic telescopes. Newer options include handheld digital magnifiers  as well as software that simplifies computer use with magnification and text-to-speech features.

Contact your optometric physician today to schedule an appointment, or find an optometrist near you using our doctor locator, here. Use these links to learn more about low vision:

Kimberly Friedman, OD, FAAO

About Kimberly Friedman, OD, FAAO

Dr. Kimberly Kester Friedman (www.moorestowneye.com) is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. She was the salutatorian of her doctoral graduation class and has obtained additional training in pediatric eye care. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Optometry as well as a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry. Dr. Friedman makes regular appearances on multiple local television stations and has authored numerous magazine and newspaper articles on eye care topics. Dr. Friedman received the New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians' President's Award for serving as the first female president in the society's 100 plus year history. She was recognized as one of Top Docs for Kids by NJ Family Magazine and the nations "top 40 under 40" professionals in the eye care field as selected by Vision Monday Magazine, and received the "People's First Award" for the northeastern region of the United States, awarded to a doctor who demonstrates excellence in eye care and community service.

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