If you or a family member is suffering from low vision, you will be happy to learn that patients can come to our vision practice for low vision therapy. At Eye Encounters, our optometrists are trained to help patients who are suffering with this condition. When a patient has low vision, they are not blind; they do have some sight which needs to be maximized so they can perform their most important everyday tasks. When patients come to our practice for low vision therapy in Philadelphia, our optometrist will work with the patients and their families in a reassuring and productive manner so that our low vision patients will be able to regain some valuable vision.
A patient is said to have low vision when they have lost sight that cannot be corrected with prescription eyeglasses, contact lenses, or any type of existing eye surgery. When a patient has low vision there is still some eyesight left; the patient is not completely blind. Our optometrists are specially trained to provide low vision therapy in Philadelphia which includes the use of certain vision aids which are determined to be most beneficial for the patient. Some patients who have low vision may have blind spots in their vision, while others will have an almost complete loss of sight. The aim of low vision therapy is to help the patient maximize their existing sight so that they can perform several select, everyday tasks. Sometimes, different treatment options are needed to help the patient; for example, a patient may need one kind of device to enhance their reading capabilities, and another kind of device to allow them to see a television.
Low vision can be caused by many different conditions, however, age is a factor. Low vision can be caused by conditions such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, stroke, cataracts, diabetes, or cancer. Low vision can include loss of peripheral vision, night blindness, blurred vision, or hazy vision. Some items which our optometrist may find two help patients with low vision are: telescopic glasses; lenses that filter light; magnifying glasses; reading prisms; and video magnification of closed-circuit television. Other helpful items can be text-reading software, high contrast clocks; talking watches; large-print magazines and newspapers; and phones with the large numbers. To see our optometrist regarding low vision therapy in Philadelphia, contact us today for an appointment.