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What causes low vision?

Hello, Dr. Ed Huggett here.

I wanted to talk to you today about causes of low vision.

What can cause low vision? Well, let's talk about low vision first, real quickly.

Low vision is where you have an impairment of your vision caused you to have difficulty doing something that you want to do on a daily basis.

Vision impairment doesn't mean that everything you do on a daily basis is impaired or your vision is impaired.

It means that something that you're doing on a daily basis is impaired because you can't see it like you need to see it. So that's a vision impairment.

It could be something from something very mild to something very profound, where you have such an impairment that you basically are seeing just shadows, maybe just a light and that's it.

But if you have vision in most cases, if you have vision, it can be improved.

In fact, we have a standing order in our office that if I can't help you, there's no charge because I'd love seeing patients with vision impairments, I love to take my 30 years of experience to help a person see better.

But, causes of low vision? Most commonly age-related macular degeneration could be cataracts. Those are two very common causes of a vision impairment.

Two, it could be a, glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition where you have peripheral vision loss, where it kind of constricts sand to the point where you actually can have like, a tunnel vision.

Diabetic retinopathy, diabetes leading cause of vision impairment.

In fact, if you have diabetes for any number of years, eventually most people will have some type of vision impairment, some type of vision loss, and a person with a vision impairment due to diabetic retinopathy can easily be helped.

So those are just some of the main causes.

You can either be born even with some issues, that cause of vision impairment.

It can be born with amblyopia. It can be born with an optic nerve problem.

So there's, any number of things can cause that, but basically if you have vision with a proper vision rehab and low vision exam, it could be made better.

And typically within one hour, it's all it takes about one hour of a low vision exam.

And what we do is we determine what vision you have and then what we could do to make it better.

And we can actually, in most cases, just put together in the office, right at that exam time, we would recommend to help you see that you can see better. So that's it for today.

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