What is Low Vision?
Low vision is impaired vision that cannot be fully restored by conventional glasses, contact lenses, medical treatment or surgery.
Low vision is not total blindness. Over 4 million Americans have low vision. We can help if you have low vision!
Most people with low vision can become more visually independent if they use low vision aids and devices, as well as learn new methods to perform everyday tasks.
At the UECLA Low Vision Services Clinic, a team will evaluate your vision to assist you with a comprehensive rehabilitation plan to help you achieve realistic goals that will increase your independence and improve your quality of life.
The low vision team consists of:
- An experienced low vision optometrist
- An optometric intern
- A certified low vision occupational therapist
What are the Major Causes of Low Vision?
Low vision can be due to heredity, an injury, disease or aging. Regardless of the cause of low vision, the Low Vision Center offers options that will enable patients to use their vision to its fullest potential.
Do you have trouble: seeing bills or small print? Recognizing faces of friends and relatives? Picking out and matching the color of your clothes? Doing things at work or home because lights seem dimmer than they used to? Reading street and bus signs or the names of stores?
If you said “yes” to any of these questions, you may need a low vision evaluation.
At the UECLA Low Vision Services Clinic, a team will evaluate your vision to assist you and your family with a comprehensive low vision evaluation, including your case history, vision evaluation, health evaluation and any special testing if needed.
Low Vision Rehabilitation
For the best success with rehabilitation, our team incorporates a Low Vision Certified Occupational Therapist. The therapist will provide training in the use of low vision devices and perform an in-home daily living evaluation. These sessions include visual skills training with and without magnifying devices to help you use the best portion of your remaining vision.
It takes patience, practice and time to become proficient using low vision devices. The doctors and interns of the Low Vision Center are available to assist you in adapting to the devices. When you succeed in achieving your original goals, then new ones can be set. As your vision or lifestyle changes, your needs may also change. Let the Low Vision Center continue to work with you to meet those needs.