Even with corrective lenses, surgery, or other medical treatments, some men and women still suffer from impaired vision. This irreversible form of vision loss, known as low vision, affects approximately 135 million people worldwide according to the National Eye Institute. Are you suffering from the effects of low vision? Below are listed some of the major symptoms experienced by those with this condition.
- Difficulty recognizing the faces of friends, relatives, or loved ones, even from a closer distance
- Difficulty performing intricate activities that require near vision, such as sewing, painting, reading, or other hobbies
- Problems recognizing colors or matching colors to each other when choosing outfits
- Requiring brighter lights for work or at home, as lighting seems to become progressively dimmer
- Seeing halos around lights or having increasing problems with night vision
- Difficulty reading street signs and store names
The signs listed above often occur even with vision correction technologies or procedures, such as contact lenses, eyeglasses, or refractive surgery, and can be indicative of a serious chronic eye disease. Problems with color vision, for example, can often be a sign of a developing cataract in one or both eyes. Problems with facial recognition can be the result of age-related macular degeneration, a progressive disease that accounts for more than 45 percent of low vision.
Although many vision problems can develop during the aging process, low vision is not a normal product of aging. As our eyes age, they can develop a refractive disorder called presbyopia, a form of farsightedness that can be easily corrected with reading glasses or surgery. Presbyopia, unlike diseases such as macular degeneration, does not lead to irreversible low vision.
The best way to detect the presence of low vision early in its development is to visit your eye doctor regularly for dilated comprehensive visual exams. Many of the causes of low vision do not exhibit any symptoms until your vision is in danger; detecting low vision early can help you maintain and protect the vision you have now. To locate a specialist in the Las Vegas area, contact MountainView Hospital at (702) 233-5300.