The Main Causes of Low Vision

August 19, 2020

Low vision encompasses a number of different conditions or diseases that result in visual impairment. It cannot be corrected using glasses, contacts, or laser surgery, but visual aids may improve the vision loss associated with this vision problem. Here are the main causes of low vision and how it can be helped by our experienced optometrists. 


Low vision makes everyday tasks difficult for those who suffer from this vision problem. Some of the most common activities that can be impacted by the visual impairment caused by low vision include: 

Another problem those who suffer from low vision face is that they're at a higher risk for falls. Because of this and the everyday activities listed above that are affected by low vision, those who suffer from this vision problem are advised to see a specialist frequently so treatments can be administered.

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The Main Causes of Low Vision

At My Optometrist Calgary, our experienced optometrists have extensive experience working with individuals who suffer from low vision. As a result, we are perfectly positioned to help those who suffer from this vision problem. While the visual impairment caused by low vision is not correctable or curable, we do have many ways of treating and managing the symptoms associated with your low vision so your quality of life remains high and you can continue executing everyday tasks. 

When it comes to the main causes of low vision, the following conditions are primarily responsible for causing this vision problem:

Age-related macular degeneration: Affecting the retina, this vision condition occurs when the macula begins to degrade as time goes on resulting in blurry vision. Almost half of all low vision cases in adults can be attributed to age-related macular degeneration. 

Glaucoma: Covering eye conditions related to pressure imbalances within the eye, glaucoma causes damage to the optic nerve and can result in permanent vision loss or complete blindness within a few years if it is left untreated. 

Diabetic retinopathy: Affecting the blood vessels within your eye, diabetic retinopathy is caused when those blood vessels begin to leak which starts to interfere with your vision. As time goes on, this eye condition can cause serious damage to your retina and can lead to low vision.

Retinal detachment: Occurring when your retina detaches from its underlying layer, retinal detachment is most often caused by trauma but it can also be caused by infections or a disturbance to the blood vessels in your eyes. 

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While it can be confusing at first to wrap your head around the idea of low vision since there are a number of different ways it can be caused, the best way to look at it is to remember that low vision means some form of vision loss or visual impairment is present in the affected individual. Confusing matters even more is the fact that the term low vision confers the idea that someone has minimally disrupted vision, when in fact it can be quite debilitating and life altering.

If you suspect you may be suffering from the effects of low vision due to any of the above eye conditions, please call us today to set up a comprehensive eye exam so we can help you get to the bottom of your vision concerns. 


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