Low vision refers to vision that cannot be corrected with traditional glasses, contact lenses, or by cataract or other eye surgery. It can be due to an eye condition an individual was born with, or due to an eye condition that developed as a teenager or as an adult such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, or diabetic eye disease. Patients may experience blurred vision far away or up close, or have trouble seeing small letters on the eye chart. There may also be changes to peripheral vision (side vision), areas may seem like they are missing from center vision (scotoma), or there may be hazy vision (reduced contrast). Low vision may refer to any vision loss that makes it difficult to perform everyday tasks for school, work, or hobbies, which we call activities of daily living.
Blurry vision, hazy vision, loss of peripheral vision/bumping into objects, difficulty recognizing faces, difficulty reading, difficulty seeing the TV, difficulty driving, difficulty seeing at night, glare sensitivity, difficulty performing typical activities of daily living such as cooking and cleaning due to vision, all even with best glasses or contact lenses.