You would be described as having low vision if you cannot see in sufficient detail, even with spectacles or contact lenses.

If you have severe low vision you may be certified as being visually impaired. Low vision typically occurs from glaucoma, cataracts and ARMD.

The symptoms you have will depend on what caused your low vision. The most common cause is AMD which leads to difficulty reading or recognising faces. With cataracts your vision will be misty whilst with glaucoma you suffer from tunnel vision.

Treatment for low vision aims to protect your vision as much as possible. So good lighting, phone apps and specialist equipment will all help. You may also benefit from low vision aids such as magnifying spectacles and complex telescopes.

Who is affected by low vision?

Although most people with low vision are over 60, anyone who has a sight-threatening condition may develop low vision.

The most common causes of visual impairment in the UK are:

  • age-related macular degeneration
  • glaucoma
  • cataracts



If you think you may have Low Vision, please get in touch with us at Midlands Community Eyecare to book an appointment with an NHS registered home visiting optician in Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

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