Adapting to Low Vision
Low vision shows itself in many ways. You may have noticed some of the
signs of low vision, such as sensitivity to light and glare. Maybe you are
having difficulty reading books and newspapers or recognizing familiar faces.
You might have dismissed this as "getting older," but despite myths to the
contrary vision loss is not a normal part of aging. If an eye doctor has
told you nothing more can be done to improve your eyesight with glasses, you
need a low vision exam.
During the exam, Dr.
Don Wilhelmus will ask about your medical and vision history.
Injuries, birth defects, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes, and other
medical conditions can all cause low vision, and each affects the vision in
different ways. Do you have dark or blurry spots in the center of your
vision? Do objects look wavy, distorted or doubled? Can you see
better straight ahead or off to the sides? Is it easier to see in bright
or low light? Don't worry if you can't answer all these questions now.
During your examination,
Dr. Don Wilhelmus will perform a thorough functional vision exam designed to
measure these and more.
Be prepared to discuss you day to day activities as
Dr. Don Wilhelmus
will test how your vision functions in daily life. How do you spend your
time? Do you drive or otherwise travel alone? Do you manage your
finances, paying bills and writing checks? Do you manage your healthcare,
taking medications or administering diabetic injections? Has your vision
loss affected your hobbies or employment?
The low vision exam will be lengthy so the
doctor can ensure
your prescription is useful to you and fits your lifestyle. You may wish
to bring along a family member or a friend.