Low Vision

Understanding Low Vision with Our Seattle Optometrist

If corrective lenses don't help your eyesight, you may have a condition called low vision. There are many types of this condition that range from partial to complete blindness and blind spots. Losing central vision means you have a blind spot in the middle of your line of sight, but you can still see around this area. Peripheral vision loss is the opposite, where you can see straight ahead but cannot see things to your sides or above or below your central vision. Night blindness is a special type of vision impairment that only occurs in low-light areas, typically at night. Blurred and hazy vision might seem the same, but hazy vision means you seem to have a filter over your eyes whereas blurred vision means things at all distances appear blurry.

Eyeglasses and an eye exam chartWhy is Vision Important?

There are as many causes of reduced vision as there are types. Diabetes, glaucoma, cancer, brain injury, stroke, or eye damage can cause vision reduction. If you have any of these conditions, it's especially important to have regular optometry exams. An optometrist can spot the signs of vision problems developing before you experience major sight loss.

In some cases, vision problems could signal a chronic condition such as diabetes before you feel other symptoms. Getting your eyes checked regularly can help the health of your entire body, not just your eyes. If you already are experiencing low vision, the good news is that we can help at SPEX Eye Care in Seattle, WA. You have several options for aids to help you see better. Talk to our optometrist to learn about your options.

Eye Care Tips for Keeping Your Eyes Healthy

If you have diabetes, you can prevent eye problems by maintaining good blood sugar levels. A healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids such as zeaxanthin and lutein may prevent vision loss from aging. Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon and walnuts may help maintain the health of blood vessels that supply the eyes. Prevent eye injury by always wearing appropriate eyewear. Sunglasses shield your eyes from the damaging effects of the sun while safety goggles prevent physical injuries. If you wear prescription glasses, you may need a visit to an optometry expert for prescription sunglasses.

Schedule an Appointment with Spex Eye Care in Seattle, WA Today!

Vision problems need regular treatment to prevent complete eyesight loss. If you have any problems with your vision or just want a checkup, call us at SPEX Eye Care in Seattle, WA. We are here to help you with preserving and protecting your vision.

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