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Distance Vision Aids for Low Vision

Distance Vision Aids for Low Vision In the past, when someone had low vision or a visual impairment, they often felt like they had to stay indoors. Those days are blissfully gone now, and those with low vision are getting out and doing more and more This is all thanks to some great adaptive equipment which allows them to enjoy their time outdoors and make the most of the vision that they still have. Whether you have gradual vision loss from an eye disease like macular degeneration or cataracts or have lost your vision suddenly in a traumatic accident, it's important to know what new challenges you may face.

Cut the glare for comfort
If you have problems with light sensitivity, the glare outdoors can be unbearable. You may find yourself cursing the sun and racing for shelter like a vampire. But with the proper sunglasses, you won't have to lurk in the shadows any longer!

“Blue blocker” lenses, often worn by professional sharp shooters, golfers and hunters for better vision, block out some of the blue light of the sun’s spectrum, reducing glare, and make being outside far less of a pain. These lenses come in several colors including yellow, amber, orange, copper, grey and plum. Some of these colors are also available as photochromic lenses, meaning they darken and lighten as needed so you always have the right amount of protection from the light.

See clearly at all distances
For those who have vision difficulties, distance vision can be especially problematic. There are several aids available that can help, including handheld telescopic devices that can be either monocular (for one eye) or binocular (for both eyes) and devices that can be mounted to your eyeglasses. These devices work best when used properly, so make sure you have guidance from a doctor while you're learning to use them. In addition, some devices may only be available by prescription, so be sure to discuss your choices with a low vision specialist before making a final decision.

Another option is an electronic head worn magnifier that adjusts for all three fields of vision. One benefit of this type of device is depth perception, which might be limited or totally absent with other types of magnifiers. Using a portable control unit, you can adjust the glasses to see clearly in the field of vision you need at that moment.

What you can't see, you can feel
For some people, straight ahead is not really the major problem, vision-wise. They may have tunnel vision, which allows them to see only in a small circle directly in front of them and not anything on the sides. Using a cane can allow those with poor or no peripheral vision to feel their way along sidewalks, store aisles and other pathways so that they don't stumble over unseen obstacles, cracks and crevices.

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