What is low vision? Low vision is a term commonly used to mean partial sight, or sight that isn't fully correctable with surgery, medications, contact lenses, or glasses. In the United States, the most common causes of low vision are age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. People can also be born with conditions such as albinism or optic nerve damage that can result in low vision. Low vision can have an impact on people of all ages.
There are devices and technologies that are used to help people with low vision maintain their remaining vision. In some instances, you can learn different ways of doing things, such as using your sense of touch or sense of hearing.
In observance of Low Vision Awareness month, it is encouraged to have a complete eye exam to increase the chances of early detection of conditions that may lead to vision loss.