Low Vision

Low vision is loss of sight that can’t be corrected with prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. Low vision doesn’t include complete blindness, because you will have some sight left. It can be treated or offset, however, with vision aids like magnifying glasses.

The most common types of low vision include:

- Loss of central vision. You have a blind spot in the center of your field of vision.
- Loss of peripheral vision. You can’t see anything to either side, or above or below eye level. However, your central vision remains intact.
- Night blindness. You don’t see well in poorly lit places like theaters or outside at night.
- Blurred vision. Objects both nearby and far away are out of focus.
- Hazy vision. Your entire field of vision seems to be covered with a film or glare.

To know if you have low vision you’ll need an eye exam. Make an appointment with your eye doctor if vision troubles prevent you from daily activities like reading, travel, cooking, work, watching television, or school.

Your eye doctor will use lighting, magnifiers, and special charts to test your visual acuity, depth perception, and visual fields.

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