Low Vision Q&A
What is Low Vision?
Low vision is a term used to describe partial sight or sight that isn't fully correctable with surgery, pharmaceuticals, contact lenses or glasses. Vision may be hazy, blurred, distorted or partially obscured in the central vision field.
How do I know if I have low vision?
If you have difficulty recognizing a familiar face or if you have difficulty reading, you may have low vision. If you have difficulty seeing objects and obstacles such as steps, curbs, walls and furniture, you may have low vision. If you have difficulty watching TV, cooking, writing or grooming, you may have low vision. If you no longer can see to do tasks of everyday living, you may have low vision.
Types of Low Vision Devices
The Forsight Vision Store carries many different types and styles of magnifiers in a range of magnification powers. These include hand-held magnifiers, stand magnifiers, illuminated magnifiers, bar magnifiers, and paper weight magnifiers.
- Talking Aids and Appliances
The Forsight Vision Store carries a wide range of "talking" devices. These include talking watches, calculators, scales, thermometers, liquid level indicators as well as voice friendly telephone dialers and hand held recorders.
- Absorptive Lenses
These filters fit over a pair of prescription glasses and are ultraviolet (UV) blocking. The tints available are helpful for a variety of eye conditions.
- Non-optical Adaptive Devices
The items include large print check registers, address books and calendars. There are large remote control units, telephones and clocks. Personal grooming aids, adaptive kitchen items, and games are also available.
- Closed Circuit Television Systems
These electronic magnification devices allow a person to read, write or do personal grooming tasks. Typically they are designed so that a television camera projects a magnified image onto a TV screen or pair of glasses. The level of magnification is much greater than that of conventional hand-held magnifiers. We can evaluate and train you to use the system that best meets your needs.
- Head-Mounted Devices and Distance Devices
These items provide hands-free capabilities.
What can I do?
First, you should consult with your primary eye care professional, either an ophthalmologist or optometrist and ask if they think you would benefit from an assessment at the ForSight Vision. Here, a Certified Low Vision Therapist will work with you. The Therapist may recommend various low vision devices. You may also stop by the ForSight Vision Store and try out the items there.
For More information, please call (717) 848-1690