If you need low vision therapy in Midtown Manhattan, you can receive treatment from Dr. Lawrence S. Forgacs at Eye Care Associates in Optometry. We will assess your condition to determine whether or not you are suffering from low vision and recommend treatment accordingly.
What is Low Vision?
Low vision is impaired vision that is not correctable with glasses, contact lenses, surgery, or medication. There are many potential causes of low vision. Diabetes, glaucoma, and macular degeneration can all cause low vision. It can be genetic and present at birth. It can also be caused by an illness, an injury, or a neurological disorder. Having a low vision does not mean you are blind. Some useful vision is usually retained, but some adaptations need to be made to maximize it.
Two categories of low vision are defined by the American Optometric Association. A person is considered partially sighted vision is between 20/70 and 20/200 with conventional prescription lenses. Legally blind is when vision is no better than 20/200 with conventional correction and/or a restricted field of vision less than 20 degrees wide. One in six adults over the age of 45 has low vision. By age 75, the number is one in four, making it quite common.
What is Low Vision Therapy?
Low vision therapy is designed to give people with low vision the ability to maximize the vision they still have. Many visual aids are available and can provide help with low vision, including:
- Hand magnifiers
- Magnifying glasses
- Reading prisms
- Closed-circuit television
- Lenses that filter light
- Telescopic glasses
The occupational part of low vision therapy helps those with low vision adapt to living with it. This means changing the way they do things and improving the lighting in their homes. The object of low vision therapy is to help those with low vision live the best possible lives.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Eye Doctor in Midtown Manhattan
When you are searching for an eye doctor in Midtown Manhattan, consider Eye Care Associates in Optometry. We are a full-service optometry office and provide all the services you may be looking for. Call us today at (212) 583-9000 for more information on low vision or to schedule an appointment with our optometrist.