About Low Vision


Low vision is visual impairment not correctable by standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or 200px-Snellen_chart.svgsurgery, that interferes with a person’s ability to perform everyday activities.

The leading causes of low vision are age-related diseases – macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. Age-related macular degeneration accounts for almost 45 percent of all cases.

Vision loss can have significant impact on seniors. Dr. Jerry Hecker, a Jewish Home eye specialist says: “It’s very difficult for elders when they lose their vision. Mobility, independence, reading and even watching television – abilities that we usually take for granted — are so important that when they are impacted negatively, it can be a huge loss. That loss can easily trigger depression, which leads to a whole list of physical and mental challenges.”

Because of this impact, it is important to recognize changes in visual acuity as early as possible so that treatment and accommodations can be implemented.


1. Gradual loss of peripheral vision, usually in both eyes, and in advanced stages, tunnel vision
2. Areas of blurred or distorted vision and/or halos around lights
3. Persistent or acute eye pain
4. Over-sensitivity to light and/or sudden onset of visual disturbance, often in low light
5. Reddening or a burning sensation of the eye
6. Trouble cooking and doing up-close tasks
7. Difficulty recognizing familiar faces
8. Feeling that lights are too dim indoors
9. Eyes become watery, with a persistent discharge or crust