Where Can I Find A Low Vision Doctor?
- Reading your favorite books is difficult.
- You squint a lot while watching TV.
- When friends or family come to visit, you find it hard to clearly see their faces.
- Driving is hard because the street signs, exit ramps, and other cars seem blurry.
Does this sound familiar? If you’ve experienced any of these situations, then you know how difficult it has become to do the daily tasks you used to enjoy. Whether your vision loss is a result of an injury, genetic condition, or eye disease, getting the right kind of eyecare is essential.
I Have An Eye Doctor. Why Do I Need A Low Vision Doctor?
Low vision care is different from an eye exam for glasses or contacts for better eyesight. Low Vision care is for those who cannot benefit from new glasses or contacts. It’s about maximizing the remaining vision. Low Vision doctors gain a thorough understanding of your lifestyle and what’s important to you, and optimizing your remaining vision so you can get back to doing what you love.
While your regular eye doctor can give you medical eye care, general vision care and prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, a low vision doctor looks at those tasks that are giving you trouble or are now impossible to do. The goal is to slow down the progression of vision loss and provide you with the right devices and low vision glasses to enhance your remaining vision.
How Do I Find A Low Vision Doctor?
The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) has a network of low vision doctors who are located all over the US and Canada. That means there is a low vision eye doctor who treats patients in your area, so you won’t have to go very far to receive top-quality care.
Our doctors undergo extensive training and have access to the latest research and technologies for low vision care. IALVS doctors are ready to help you live your best life, even with vision loss. Check out the complete doctor directory online.
How Quickly Will My Visual Activity Improve?
Treating your low vision is about giving you the right tools to maximize your vision for the everyday kinds of activities you enjoy. How quickly your visual activity will improve depends on how much loss of visual acuity you have and how quickly you see a low vision eye doctor.
It’s so important to see a low vision doctor as soon as possible. If you find that cooking isn’t as easy as it used to be, watching a movie gives you a headache, or reading a newspaper causes your eyes to feel tired, it’s time to talk to a low vision eye doctor. The sooner you seek treatment, the quicker we can give you the support you need.
If you or a loved one is experiencing any signs of vision loss – even mild ones – schedule an appointment with one of our low vision doctors.
Even if you’ve been told by another doctor that there’s nothing else to do, don’t give up hope. Talk to an IALVS low vision doctor – we can help you stay independent and live your life with the best vision possible.