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February is Low Vision Awareness Month

Low vision occurs when there is significant visual impairment that is not correctable with glasses, contact lenses, medication, or eye surgery. It is characterized by partial loss of sight due to blind spots, tunnel or blurred vision. Glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts are all common causes of low vision.

Patients with best corrected vision of 20/50 or less, in the better eye, shall have the opportunity for low vision examination including enhanced near refraction. Patients with this vision loss often begin to struggle and reach for assistive magnifiers in order to read, purchased without proper direction and guidance. Prescription eyeglasses through enhanced near testing will usually be offered.

Patients with best corrected vision of 20/70 or less, in the better eye, shall have the opportunity for low vision examination including enhanced near refraction. Patients are strongly encouraged toward low vision care in these cases, as 20/70 best corrected vision meets the criteria for the legal definition of being VISUALLY IMPAIRED. These patients rely on assistive magnification devices in most cases, purchased without proper direction and guidance. Prescription eyeglasses through enhanced near testing will be prescribed in most cases.

Patients with best corrected vision of 20/200 or less, in the better eye, shall have the opportunity for low vision examination. Patient encouragement toward low vision care is vital for functional, safety and mobility concerns, as 20/200 best corrected vision meets the legal definition of being LEGALLY BLIND. Prescription eyeglasses through enhanced near refraction offers little hope and most likely will not be prescribed. These patients are relying on assistive devices purchased without proper direction and guidance.

How to Get More Information

In observance of Low Vision Awareness month South Jersey Eye Physicians, PA encourages everyone to schedule a comprehensive eye exam. Routine eye examinations are an important part of health maintenance for everyone. Your eye doctor will check your eyes to allow early diagnosis which help you keep your vision longer. When suspicious changes are identified, we will refer you to Dr. Siegel for further evaluation. 

Please contact us today for more information or to schedule an evaluation with our skilled and knowledgeable team of vision experts. Request an appointment online or call 1-800-380-0111.

Posted on February 01, 2015 by Arthur Siegel, OD