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What Causes Low Vision?

While commonly associated with seniors over the age of 60, low vision also affects children and adults of all ages. Certain birth defects or medical conditions – regardless of age – can cause low vision and negatively impact the quality of life. Our low vision doctors are here to help patients from all over the US and Canada with the following low vision diseases, begin to do tasks they want to do again such as read, write, make out faces, and drive.

  • Macular Degeneration is the most common age-related cause of low vision. It is a partial or complete loss of central vision, resulting from the macula - the most sensitive part of the back of the eye - becoming damaged.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a genetic eye condition that causes the retina to gradually deteriorate. It affects peripheral vision and can result in night blindness or even total vision loss.
  • Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve, due to a buildup of pressure in the eye. Glaucoma causes a loss of peripheral vision - the ability to see to the side without moving your head or eyes.
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