“Low Vision”

Managing “low vision”

From Glaucoma.org

Some people with glaucoma have “low vision.” Low vision means there may be problems doing daily, routine things even if using glasses or contact lenses.

A variety of products and resources are available to help people who have low vision. Examples include magnifiers, colored lenses, and computer text enlargers.

Problems Associated with Low Vision

Some of the difficulties associated with low vision include problems with glare, lighting, and contrast (which allows us to see different shades of the same color).

Glare can be a real problem for people with glaucoma. Whether it is from the sun or a bright indoor light, glare can reduce the brightness differences and impair contrast sensitivity. Tinted lenses can be used to lessen the effects of some of these problems.

The amount of light available can also present challenges. Most people who have glaucoma are very sensitive to excessive light, especially extreme sunlight. Moderately lit conditions can also pose a problem and usually require additional lighting.

As part of Glaucoma Awareness, Elite is participating this month to support individuals in the community with vision loss. It is our hope that through focused home health interventions, we can support those who wish to remain independent in their home settings despite vision loss, low vision, or diseases of the eye, like glaucoma. Through home health, Elite is able to engage occupational therapists in building comprehensive treatment plans. The field of occupational therapy is uniquely trained to support individuals with vision challenges. Through environmental modifications and in-home equipment, these professionals are able to create safe living spaces with insight into vision loss and its impact on independence. Ask your doctor if a course of home health is right for you!