Low Vision

Do You Have Low Vision? Our Eye Care Professional in Phoenix, AZ Can Help You Figure It Out

You may joke that your vision is really poor. Maybe, you say that you're as blind as a bat. However, most people don't have a severe enough vision deficit that classifies as low vision. At our eye care clinic, Eye Doctors of Arizona, serving Phoenix, AZ and the nearby region, we strive to optimize vision in people who have a normal deficit or low vision and every vision deficit in between. 


About Low Vision 

Low vision is a severe eyesight issue that an optometrist can't correct with eyewear or an eye surgeon can fix with surgery. Those who have low vision may be partially sighted or legally blind. Complete blindness doesn't classify as low vision since you don’t have any vision if you're completely blind. 

Those who have vision between 20/40 and 20/200 are considered moderately vision impaired. Individuals who are legally blind have vision that is 20/200 or less in their better eye. Other issues that categorize as low vision include:

  • A blind spot in your central vision
  • Absence of peripheral vision
  • Severely limited night vision
  • Extreme blur or haze

Causes of Low Vision

Age is a common cause of low vision and so are eye problems, such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma. Sometimes, optic neuropathy is the reason for your vision deficit. Diabetes can contribute to eye damage and so can cancer in your eye. A trauma, stroke, or brain injury can affect your vision as well.

Managing Low Vision

The first step to managing your low vision is to assess your eyes through a comprehensive eye exam. For instance, our eye doctor will ask you to read lines of letters as you look through a specialized lens. During your vision analysis, our eye doctor will check your vision for astigmatism, too. 

Once our eye care specialist determines your vision, you'll receive an eye health screening. During this portion of your exam, our doctor may look into your eyes using a slit-lamp test. We may perform other testing as well to identify eye conditions that could be affecting your vision.

Sometimes, it's possible to correct your vision deficit, and we'll discuss your options. However, for those who have a vision problem that's not correctable, we offer vision therapy to exercise your eyes and prevent further vision loss or improve the remaining vision a person has. The treatment could also include lifestyle advice to help you adapt to living with low vision better. 

Schedule an appointment with Eye Doctors of Arizona, serving Phoenix, AZ and the surrounding area, for routine eye care and receive an assessment for low vision. Call us today at:

Downtown - 602-257-8280 Ext. 1
North - 602-257-8280 Ext. 2
Biltmore - 602-257-8280 Ext. 3  


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Reviews From Our Satisfied Patients

I recommend Eye Doctors of Arizona. The entire staff is always happy, pleasant, and helpful. Dr. Heller is wonderful... always thorough, and accurate. An excellent doctor. I was fortunate to meet his second son, Ben, who will be joining the practice soon. Now with their two offices, it is even more convenient to book appointments.

Erin D. -Customer Since 2015 Phoenix, AZ