People with low vision may sometimes have difficulty carrying out everyday tasks because of their vision loss, but with the use of certain techniques, as well as training, special devices, and other services, they can make the most of their existing vision. Low vision has a number of different causes; therefore, no two people with low vision see exactly alike. Images may appear blurry, distorted, or incomplete. Even so, people with low vision, regardless of age, can participate fully in school, employment, household tasks, and other everyday activities.
Specially trained eye care professionals can diagnose low vision conditions and, if appropriate, prescribe special devices that can help the individual effectively use his or her vision. Professionals can also provide training and assistance in how to make accommodations for vision loss when carrying out daily activities.
The information in this section of AFB’s web site explains low vision in more detail and describes common eye conditions. Suggestions on how to enhance the independence of people with low vision, including tips for traveling, ideas for making surroundings more convenient at home and elsewhere, and other ways family and friends can help can also be found here.
For more information on technology that can help people with low vision, see the section of this web site on Technology. Other information pertaining to low vision can be found in the following sections:
Blindness and Low Vision Facts and FiguresAccess to Information and the EnvironmentAging and Vision LossEducationEmploymentLiteracy