How is low vision diagnosed?

An eye exam by your eye care specialist can diagnose low vision. You should make an appointment with your eye doctor if your vision difficulties are preventing you from daily activities like travel, cooking, work and school. The tests the eye doctor will perform include the use of lighting, magnifiers and special charts to help test visual acuity, depth perception and visual field.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 10/15/2020.

References

  • EyeSmart. American Academy of Ophthalmology. What Is Low Vision? Accessed 10/19/2020.
  • American Foundation for the Blind. Reader’s Digest Partners for Sight. What is Low Vision? Accessed 10/19/2020.
  • Sterns GK, Faye EE. Chapter 24. Low Vision. In: Riordan-Eva P, Cunningham ET, Jr. eds. Vaughan & Asbury's General Ophthalmology, 18e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2011.

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