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Low Vision

There are many types of vision disorders, and most people are familiar with the most basic ones:

  • Myopia (shortsightedness)
  • Hyperopia (farsightedness)
  • Presbyopia (vision deterioration at close distances due to aging)
  • Astigmatism (malformed lens or mirror)

Those suffering from the above are well-served by a general practicing optometrist who is able to determine the correct prescription of lenses in order to create a proper focal point in the eye. However, there are many other vision disorders which are not correctable in this way. Dr. Amy Carlyle deals with a great many which have to do more with the neurological pathways between the eye and the brain, such as strabismus, convergence insufficiency, and amblyopia, and these disorders are best treated through a regiment of vision therapy procedures which aim to restore proper neurological communication.

However, there are other disorders which fall outside of both of these categories, which require a different approach: Macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, and many other disorders affect vision in much more extreme ways, causing parts of the vision to become extremely blurry or even completely absent. These are vision disorders which cannot be fully corrected using standard lenses, and as a result need additional tools in order to function in certain key capacities such as driving a vehicle or reading. This set of disorders causes a category of vision often referred to as “low vision.” In some cases, low vision is so bad as to constitute legal blindness.

How We Can Help

Those who are suffering from low vision often struggle with a wide variety of tasks, even while they are wearing their prescription lenses. If you struggle with:

  • Recognizing faces
  • Matching colors for your clothes
  • Reading signs
  • Cooking
  • Sewing

Or any other basic visual task, despite wearing the proper lenses, you could have a disorder associated with low vision. Dr. Amy Carlyle is an experienced low vision specialist, and is well-versed in the various technologies which can help provide a better quality of life to those suffering from low vision.

If you are suffering from low vision, you may not have to settle for a less active life. A consultation with Dr. Carlyle could provide you with useful information and training with a variety of different vision aids that could restore your ability to perform certain visual functions. Call us today to schedule your consultation and receive more information about how we can help.

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