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Low Vision

Our Eye Doctors Specialize in Low Vision Treatment

Defined simply, Low Vision refers to having reduced visual abilities. It is not the same as blindness, as people with low vision maintain a level of functional eyesight. In general, visual acuity of less than 20/70 characterizes this condition, with or without tunnel vision, loss of sensitivity to light, and blind spots. Neither eyeglasses, contact lenses, surgery nor medication can correct these problems fully. Therefore, many routine daily tasks can pose a challenge, such as reading, watching a screen, and driving. Our experienced eye doctors specialize in caring for patients who struggle with low vision.

If you have reduced vision, we offer a range of strategies and low vision devices to help you optimize your remaining eyesight. Our compassionate optometry team understands the frustrations of living with low vision, and we strive to maximize your independence. For assistance, contact us to book a consultation at Gaddie Eye Centers. With offices located in Oxmoor, Carrollton, LeGrange and Springhurst, we serve the entire Louisville, KY, area.

Causes of Low Vision

  • Eye disease, such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa
  • Family genetics can contribute
  • Eye injury or brain injury

Low Vision Aids

A diversity of high-tech Low Vision Aids are available nowadays, and our eye doctors will recommend the most helpful ones for your situation. Some of these devices use magnifiers or telescopes to enlarge the item that you are viewing. Other visual aids reduce glare and improve visual contrast, which makes it easier for you to see. Gadgets that utilize non-visual cues, such as sound or touch, can improve your ability to identify objects. Our trained low vision specialists in the Louisville, KY, region will meet with you to determine the best vision aids for your lifestyle.

Low Vision Devices include:

  • Magnifiers (handheld, stand-alone, and wearable) to assist with tasks such as reading, shopping and errands
  • Specialized glasses (readers, telescopes, prisms) come in many types targeted to help with the specific tasks you need to do, including driving, seeing faces, watching TV, or just walking safely
  • Computer software can help you stay in touch with friends and family, as well as use a computer

Tips on How to Cope with Low Vision

In addition to seeking professional assistance from our eye doctors, there are a number of practical ways to improve your life:

  1. Use magnifying tools: choose from hand-held and stand-alone magnifiers, as well as magnifiers that can be mounted on eyeglasses or binoculars
  2. Lens tints: specially tinted eyeglass lenses may be helpful for eye conditions that cause hypersensitivity to light, such as retinitis pigmentosa and cataracts
  3. Large-print books: x-large font can enable you to read; digital readers may also be a good option, since you can enlarge the font as necessary
  4. Audio books: digital recordings and mp3s are a great alternative to printed text for many people
  5. Apply high-contrast stripes: a contrasting line on staircases can prevent falls and accidents. Use black stripes on light steps, and light stripes on dark colors.
  6. Lighting: new lighting in your home can be a game-changer. Try different types of lights and powers to figure out the best ones to enhance your vision.

If you or someone you care about has Low Vision, contact us immediately for help in the Louisville area. Our eye doctors in Oxmoor, Carrollton, Springhurst and LeGrange, KY, are knowledgeable and experienced, and we will propose many solutions to upgrade quality of life.