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Low Vision Care and Visual Impairment Aids

Do you (or someone you know) have vision loss related to:

  • Macular Degeneration?
  • Diabetic Retinopathy?
  • Glaucoma?

Low Vision Care May Be Able to Help.  There are magnification solutions, with the proper training, that can help improve independence and quality of life.

What is Low Vision?

Any level of permanent vision loss that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery.

What is Low Vision Care?

This specialized ocular care is the evaluation and management of those that are visually impaired by eye care and rehabilitation professionals.   The goal is to improve function and quality of life by maximizing the patient’s remaining vision.

A variety of disorders that affect the eye (many age-related) can cause an individual to become visually impaired, including:

  • low vision deviceMacular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Glaucoma and
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa

What are Low Vision Aids?

Low Vision Aids (or visual impairment aids) are special systems designed to magnify or illuminate images and text to improve functional vision.  There are many electronic aids available that can provide more advance functionality in patients from mild to severe vision loss. In the image to the left is of a digital magnifier with 5″ display and LED illumination.

What can I expect from the care I receive?

Dr. Kara will meet with patients several times to help understand and meet their visual goals. There is an initial evaluation may take approximately 1 hour.  Additional follow-up visits may be needed to maximize functional vision. Dr. Kara also works closely with occupational therapists and other specialists to help you achieve the best quality of life possible.

It should be taken into consideration that Low Vision Care cannot restore lost sight.  Rehabilitation and visual impairment aids can help restore function and improve independence.

If you are interested in low vision care or visual impairment aids, please call our Apex, NC office at 919-249-2020.

To learn more about Low Vision Care, see the trusted links below:

American Optometric Association – Low Vision Care
http://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/low-vision/low-vision-care?sso=y

American Academy of Ophthalmology – What is Low Vision?
https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/low-vision