Low Vision Eye Care Optometry Services in Addison, Burbank, and Westmont
Low vision can happen as a result of any number of issues including glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetes, cancer, eye injuries, etc. It can happen in one of your eyes or both of them. If you are experiencing low vision, give the optometry professionals at The Eye Care Center Limited in Burbank a call to schedule your appointment today.
What is Low Vision?
Individuals with low vision fit into one of two categories: the partially sighted and legally blind. Partially sighted people have a visual acuity that is between 20/20 and 20/200 (even with corrective eyewear). Those deemed as legally blind have a visual acuity of 20/200 or less with prescription eyewear. Additionally, if your field of vision is less than 20 degrees wide (tunnel vision), you may be considered as legally blind as well.
Diagnosing Your Low Vision
Our eye care professionals in Burbank diagnose and treat low vision with a standard vision exam. For previously undiagnosed patients, we will typically pair you with prescription eyewear. However, sometimes a prescription is not enough and you need more comprehensive services to address your needs. In some cases, our optometrists will perform an internal examination of your eye. We take pre-existing conditions into account like diabetes and cancer when diagnosing low vision.
How We Can Help with Low Vision
In many instances, low vision is not a reversible condition. However, there are steps and methods that our optometry doctors in Burbank can take to optimize your vision as much as possible. Listed below are potential treatments for low vision:
- Injectable Medicine: This can be helpful for patients with macular degeneration. It can also help to prevent a potential further loss of vision.
- Surgery: Many cataract patients require surgery to replace their damaged lens with an intraocular lens. If detected early enough, surgery can dramatically improve your vision if you have cataracts.
- Prescriptions: This can be an option for those with glaucoma. If detected early, it can enhance vision as well as prevent further loss of vision.
In the event that your low vision is not treatable, there are other solutions such as low vision aids to help you. Some of those aids include magnifying glasses, penlights, portable lamps, etc. Furthermore, there are certain diets that are better for your eye care needs than others. It is recommended that you consult with your doctor before drastically changing your eating habits. Though you may have been diagnosed with low vision, you can still live a fulfilling life. Trust your eye care needs with the optometry professionals at The Eye Care Center Limited.