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Low Vision Optometry Of Western New York
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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 doctor is here to help patients from all over New York 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 a leading cause of visual loss in the US of people over 60, macular degeneration is a partial or complete loss of central vision while peripheral vision remains intact. The most sensitive part of the back of the eye, known as the macula, becomes damaged. Patients will tell us of difficulty seeing faces, focusing, and doing daily tasks such as driving, reading, or watching TV.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a genetic eye condition in which the rod cells of the retina cease functioning. This degeneration will cause a loss of peripheral vision, night blindness, and can lead to total loss of vision. Reverse telescope glasses may be able to increase visual field size to improve mobility. Magnification may be useful if central loss is an issue.
  • Albinism causes the central part of the retina, called the macula, to develop improperly. Albinism makes the retina pale, reducing central vision.
  • Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve due to a buildup of pressure in the eye. Known as the “sneak thief of vision,” this condition will cause a loss of the peripheral vision.
  • This condition is caused by a complication that happens from diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is considered the leading cause of blindness in the world.
  • Cataracts affect over 24 million people in the US. The naturally clear crystalline lens inside the eye becomes cloudy to the point where vision is impaired. Cataracts often cause glare, reduced acuity, change of color vision and reduced contrast.
  • Stroke-Hemianopsia, When the brain is damaged due to a stroke, brain injury, or tumor, vision is often affected.  Stroke often causes Hemianopsia, which is decreased or total visual field loss in half of your field of vision.
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    If your child has Pathological Myopia, it may cause a gradual loss of vision. We can help maximize your child’s remaining vision for a high quality of life.
  • A form of Juvenile Macular Degeneration, Stargardt disease, also known as fundus flavimaculatus or Stargardt's macular dystrophy (SMD) affects children and young adults.
  • Juvenile macular degeneration, which consists of Stargardt’s Disease, Best Disease, or Juvenile Retinoschisis is an eye disease developed in youth or early adolescents where the macula is damaged in the retina. Those with this eye condition will have issues with central vision, focusing, blurry vision, and seeing in dim lighting.
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    If you or a loved one suffers from Optic Atrophy, it may cause vision loss. Let us help maximize your remaining vision for a high quality of life.
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    If you or your child has Achromatopsia, it may cause low vision. We can give you or your child the tools to strengthen their visual acuity and reduce symptoms.
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    If you have a Macular Hole, it may cause a gradual loss of central vision. We can help maximize your remaining vision for a high quality of life.
  • Nystagmus is an eye condition that causes involuntary eye movement or shaking of the eyes. Patients will have trouble focusing and issues maintaining balance.
  • Histoplasmosis Retinopathy a disease caused by infected airborne spores. This is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans aged 20-40. Straight lines will appear crooked and blind spots in the vision field will develop.
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    If you or your child has Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy, it may cause vision loss. We can help optimize your remaining vision for a high quality of life.
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