Low vision is a visual disability. Wearing glasses or contacts does not help. There is no medical or surgical treatment for low vision.
Legal blindness is when your vision test result is 20/200 or worse. But many people that are legally blind still have some low vision.
When you have low vision, you may have trouble with driving, reading, or doing small tasks, such as sewing or crafts. But you can make changes in your home and routines that help you stay safe and independent. Many services are available for you to get the training and support to function independently.
Many low vision aids are available.
If you are a very organized person, you may have to make only small changes to your home. If you are not naturally organized, you will want to develop routines that make life easier with low vision.
Everything has its place:
Get familiar with common things;
Label your things:
Remove things that you can trip on. Make changes to decrease your risk of falling.
Keep medicines organized in a cabinet so you know where they are. Follow these tips to make sure you are taking the correct medicine and the correct dose:
Learn to use a long white cane to help you get around on your own.
When walking with someone else's help, learn to follow their movement. It helps to:
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Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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