Low Vision

Low Vision Eye Care With Eyes Over Copley In Boston, MA

Low vision is the term used to denote eyesight that is below a certain threshold even after using corrective lenses. People who are legally blind are considered to have low vision, but not everyone with low vision is legally blind. For people with this condition, quality eye care from an optometry center like Eyes Over Copley in Boston is very important.

woman being tested for low vision with her optometrist

What is Low Vision?

Low vision is divided into two categories:

  • Partially sighted individuals who have a vision that is between 20/40 and 20/200 in the better eye.
  • Legally blind individuals who have a vision that is worse than 20/200 in the better of the two eyes, or a field of vision less than 20 degrees wide.

People with uncorrected vision in these ranges do not qualify if glasses or contacts can correct the issue. Only people whose vision still meets these criteria even with the use of corrective lenses are considered to have low vision.

Why is Low Vision Important?

Knowing that you have been diagnosed with low vision is important in a number of ways. There are visual aids that can be helpful for people with these kinds of impairments, which may only be covered by insurance or other programs if you have a formal diagnosis. However, it is even more important to understand what is causing your low vision so that you can get proper treatment if it is available. There are a number of relatively common causes of low vision:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Stroke
  • Eye trauma
  • Brain injury

The prognosis for each of these is different. Cataracts can be cured using surgery, and vision lost to diabetic retinopathy can sometimes be improved. Glaucoma can be treated to prevent further vision loss, although vision that is already lost to the disease cannot be reversed. For stroke, brain injury, and eye trauma, the prognosis is very individual.

Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

Whether you have low vision or not, you will want to maintain your visual health as much as you can. Routine eye care is a very important part of this process. Catching conditions like glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy before they cause severe vision loss is very possible, as long as you go to your regular eye exams. Other ways to maintain your vision at its best include eating fruits and vegetables, exercising, and not smoking. Controlling high blood pressure or diabetes may also help reduce your risk of vision loss.

Contact Eyes Over Copley In Boston, MA About Your Low Vision Today

Whether you have perfect vision or low vision, Eyes Over Copley in Boston is dedicated to providing excellent eye care. Our optometry clinic accepts walk-ins, or you can call to make an appointment at 617-859-0630. We look forward to helping you maintain your visual health.