Low Vision


Low Vision

What is it?

People who are considered to have low vision are those who have difficulty functioning in their daily lives because of visual disturbances and limitations, which cannot be solved neither by eye nor optical media. The increase in life expectancy has led to the frequent occurrence of visual disorders at very old age.

The most common pathologies are macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma ... It is estimated that over 2 million people in Spain are affected by low vision, but only a large minority are treated professionally. More than 80% of patients have a part of their vision that can be harnessed and enhanced so that they can return to perform daily living activities autonomously and independently.


Through a thorough eye exam, with the support of Low Vision Centers An individualized rehabilitation program that complements the prescription of technical aids is elaborated, providing the necessary increase in each case.

Training is done in the use of certain devices; for example, how to hold a magnifying glass, a portable electronic magnifier, locating or focusing with telescopes (by Galileo system), the most ideal lighting for every activity of daily life through lenses which control glare filters (polarized, CPF or FCD). Training includes how to recognize money or clothing, personal care, safe cooking, etc. And how to navigate public transportation, cross safely, moving around with a cane. Psychological help is important and is supported through conferences and personalized therapy.


Low vision has no solution, but it is possible to exploit the areas of the retina that are in better shape and find solutions to strengthen it so that patients can perform activities of daily living autonomously and independently.



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