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Managing low vision can be challenging. Vision loss can occur as a result of eye diseases that require ongoing treatment. At Shippee Family Eye Care in Lancaster, with offices in Montpelier and St. Johnsbury, we can help patients preserve their vision and maximize their ability to see for an everyday living.
Generally, individuals have low vision if it is between 20/40 and 20/200. When vision falls below 20/200, the individual can be considered legally blind. Low vision may involve loss in the central field of vision, in peripheral vision or if significant hazing or blurring has occurred. Many conditions can lead to low vision, including advanced glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, stroke, brain injury or trauma to the eyes.
Low vision that is permanent can have a significant impact on everyday life. Inability to see properly can inhibit the ability to work, enjoy recreational activities or even take care of ordinary tasks. Fortunately, a variety of visual aids are available that help to magnify images, enhance clarity and allow better lighting. Your optometrist can advise you on products that help you live more effectively in your daily life, even if you have low vision.
If you have lost vision due to eye diseases, such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, the optometrist can provide treatment to slow the progress of the disease. Changes in vision can be helped with adjustment in your corrective lenses. And because the eyes reveal a person’s general health, your optometrist can also alert you to health problems that may need attention.
You can help to keep your vision healthy by eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly to maintain a healthy weight and avoid smoking. Always wear sunglasses when outdoors in the sun to protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays. Wear protective goggles when working with chemicals or doing construction projects to avoid injuries to the eyes. See your eye doctor regularly for an examination with dilation of the pupils to ensure the health of eye structures.
The optometrists at Shippee Family Eye Care combine their extensive training and experience to provide superior vision care for their patients of all ages. With convenient offices in Lancaster, Montpelier and St. Johnsbury, we can provide a range of vision services, as well as ensure eye problems are managed effectively. Shippee Family Eye Care today at 603-788-3561 in Lancaster, 802-748-3536 in St. Johnsbury or 802-223-7723 in Montpelier for an appointment to learn the best ways to maximize your vision.