Low vision is a visual impairment that occurs due to an ocular disease that eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery cannot correct. See Low vision aids, resources or tips
What causes Low Vision?
According to the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research, Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness for Americans under 60 years of age. This accounts for 12% of new cases of blindness each year (24,000 people). Diabetics are 25 times more at risk for blindness than the general population. Age-Related Macular Degeneration is the most common cause of severe visual impairment in older Americans. Approximately 1.7 million have decreased vision and 100,000 are blind from the disease. By the year 2020, 2.95 million Americans will have this disease. Many other eye diseases may lead to low vision, including Glaucoma, Cataract, Retinitis Pigmentosa and other genetic diseases.
What can our Low Vision Clinic do for you?
Many people with low vision have been told that nothing can be done for them. This is not true. There are many low vision devices, resources and support groups available. If you suffer from vision loss, you may be an excellent candidate for low vision therapy. A Low Vision Evaluation is necessary to fit you with devices to help you see and do the things you've been missing. The evaluation consists of pinpointing the exact areas in which the patient is having difficulty with their daily activities, thoroughly checking the glasses prescription with special reading charts, and then determining the appropriate low vision magnifying aid or device for each task. Though we cannot bring back the vision that has been lost, Dr. Lauren Sanchez will work to teach you to use the vision you have remaining.
How do I get a Low Vision Evaluation?
If you have low vision, ask your eye doctor to refer you to Michiana Eye Center for a Low Vision Evaluation with Dr. Lauren Sanchez in our South Bend location. The best news is that Medicare pays for your evaluation. However, glasses and low vision devices are not covered.