Low vision refers to the functional loss of sight that regular prescription eyewear cannot correct. It often happens as part of the normal aging process. This problem may prevent you from doing your daily tasks independently, affecting your quality of life.
If you notice any changes in your eyesight over the years, visit your eye doctor for a low vision examination. Dr. Joel H. McGahen, O.D. discusses what happens during this exam.
Low vision is often a complication of other age-related eye conditions, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma or cataracts. This is why we usually start by asking about any illnesses that you or any of your family members have had. We may ask about your lifestyle as well, including diet, exercise and drinking or smoking habits, if any.
It’s important for your trusted low vision specialist to know when you first start noticing changes in your vision. You can also tell us which activities you’re having a hard time doing. If you’ve had previous low vision exams or therapies, you could bring relevant documents as well.
Afterward, we’ll have you undergo some tests to help establish an accurate diagnosis and eye care plan. We will evaluate your pupil reflexes, retinal structures and other visual functions, including visual acuity and intraocular pressure. We’ll also check for any optic nerve damage that may affect your image translation cycle.
Our Recommended Management
Upon confirming low vision, we may prescribe using high-prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses to help you see better. We may also create a vision rehabilitation program that includes eye exercises for a certain period. We may provide visual aids, prisms and other optical modalities to help you regain independence over your everyday tasks for a better quality of life.
For more information about low vision exams, call us at (717) 609-4443 or complete our form. We serve PA families in Shippensburg, Greencastle and nearby areas.