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  Low Vision

Low vision is vision loss that cannot be corrected by medical or surgical treatments or conventional eyeglasses. A person with low vision must learn to adjust to it. Getting help to work through the anger and frustration with knowing that your vision loss is not correctable and learning about vision rehabilitation strategies will help you stay active and avoid frustration, depression and other mental obstacles that could be in the way of regaining independence.

 
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Low Vision Rehabilitation

Low vision rehabilitation is like physical therapy for someone who has lost a limb. It is meant to develop strategies to deal with diminished sight to maintain independence.

At Oasis Vision Rehabilitation, we utilize many tools and current technology, such as magnifiers, telescopes and Esight

Causes

There may be one or more causes of low vision. These are usually the result of disorders or injuries affecting the eye or a condition such as diabetes that affects the entire body. Some of the most common causes of low vision include age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, and glaucoma. Low vision may also result from cancer of the eye, albinism, brain injury, or inherited eye disorders, including retinitis pigmentosa.

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Degrees of Low Vision

Low vision has different degrees of sight loss. From blind spots, poor night vision and problems with a glare to an almost complete loss of sight. The American Optometric Association defines low vision into two categories:


"Partially sighted": the person has visual acuity between 20/70 and 20/200 with conventional prescription lenses.

"Legally blind": the person has visual acuity no better than 20/200 with conventional correction and a restricted field of vision less than 20 degrees wide.

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