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Using Low Vision Magnifiers

Author: Susan Slobac

Correcting Vision Problems Requires the Help of low vision magnifiers

It is vital that everyone get regular eye examinations in order to insure good eye health, and this is particularly true of adults aged fifty and older. Older adults are more at risk for developing macular degeneration. The result of macular degeneration is a loss of central vision, although peripheral vision usually remains intact. If you have macular degeneration, you will want to have regular eye examinations by a low vision doctor, who can recommend appropriate macular degeneration treatment suitable for correcting vision problems that you may be experiencing.

How Does a Low Vision Doctor Go About Correcting Vision Problems Related to Macular Degeneration?

The first step a low vision specialist will take is to assess the symptoms you are exhibiting. Blurred vision is one of the most common symptoms, with a lessening of visual acuity in the central field of vision. Depending on the type of macular degeneration, vision loss could be gradual or rapid. Another symptom is that when you look at a grid of straight lines, the lines appear wavy, or portions of the lines are not visible at all. Sometimes patients find it difficult to tell the difference between two dark colors or two light colors.

If, after a complete eye examination, the doctor determines that you have macular degeneration, there are several types of macular degeneration treatment that he or she could suggest. The good news is that macular degeneration does not usually cause complete blindness. The lessened vision is localized to approximately thirty percent of the total vision field, in the central part of the field. The other seventy percent of the vision field, located in the peripheral vision around the center of the eye, is often unaffected and perfectly able to function at normal levels. Central vision, however, is crucial to several important tasks, such as reading and driving. The macula controls the detail vision that allows for these activities.

Many people find that low vision aids, including low vision magnifiers, are extremely helpful in correcting vision problems associated with macular degeneration. Low vision magnifiers can be used as an aid for the all-important activity of reading. Magnifiers can come in simple hand- held models, as well as types that rest on the arm. Other magnifiers can be attached to glasses, so that you can use the magnifier when you need it for detail work, and then flip it out of the way when you are doing mid- and far-range vision activities.

There are other low vision aids, such as bioptic lenses, that can be helpful in correcting vision problems associated with macular degeneration. Check with your doctor to determine which types of aids would be best for your needs.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/health-articles/using-low-vision-magnifiers-404384.html

About the Author

Susan Slobac has had a parent diagnosed with macular degeneration. She has had experience in macular degeneration treatment. In this article, she discusses macular degeneration risk factors.


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10 Responses to Wavy Blurred Vision

  1. Supafly says:

    My Eyes: Wavy Lines, they are getting bigger. I cant see direclty in front of me?
    Whats going on? Just a few minutes ago this started. Sorry if I mispell anything because i can barely make things out. Its these little wavy lines blurring my vision. what is it?
    okay thanks for the info…..the lines are now moving to the corners of my eyes so i cant see from the sides now.

    • jag says:

      If you can barely make things out you should go to an opthamologist..M.D. today! If you don’t have one call your local hospital for a referral. It is probably nothing serious but you don’t want to take chances with your eyes. When you call the office give them your symptoms.

  2. pregagain says:

    Dizzy spells and blurred vision in early pregnancy??
    Have other people had dizzy spells where sweat beads on your face and whole body gets hot and flushed. M vision has also been affected – words are wavy on the page and the room is moving when I am not. I did not have this with first pregnancy….does it pass quickly?

    • The Pig! says:

      your blood pressure might have gone up, this shouldn’t be ignored. Make an appointment to see your OB/GYN as soon as you can. Explain to the receptionist your symptoms they may want you to come in right away. I had the same thing happen to me with my second child, it was pre-eclampsia. My daughter was born at 29 weeks. I ignored the symptoms for a few weeks before I was sent to the ER. Both of us were almost lost. Don’t take any chances.

  3. someguyfromPA says:

    Wavy or blurred vision in corner of left eye?
    It started like 10 minutes ago or so. The vision in my left eye is a little way. (just in the corner, kinda like the way when a flashback begins. Everything else is fine and it seems to be going away. Any ideas what this could be related too? I do wear contacts but I don’t have any discomfort.

    • Dr. Bill says:

      Sounds like ophthalmic migraines.

      Ophthalmic (eye) migraines are quite common and often painless, and thought to be related to changes in blood flow in the brain.

      Migraines can be produced by the body’s neurological responses to certain triggers such as hormonal changes, flashing lights or chemicals in foods or medications. One result of these triggers may be an intense headache that, if untreated, can last for hours or even days.

      During migraine processes, changes also may take place in blood flow to the area of the brain responsible for vision (visual cortex or occipital lobe). Resulting ophthalmic or ocular migraines commonly can produce visual symptoms even without a headache.

      People with ophthalmic migraines can have a variety of visual symptoms. Typically you will see a small, enlarging blind spot (scotoma) in your central vision with bright, flickering lights (scintillations) or a shimmering zig-zag line (metamorphopsia) inside the blind spot. The blind spot usually enlarges and may move across your field of vision. This entire migraine phenomenon may end in only a few minutes, but usually lasts as long as about 20-30 minutes.

      Generally, ophthalmic migraines are considered harmless. Usually they are painless, cause no permanent visual or brain damage and do not require treatment.

  4. Dol2luve says:

    Has anyone ever expirenced blurred vision while on Clomid?
    I was on my first cycle of clomid 100mg cd 5-9 and taking them in the evening. I felt wavy and flutters during the last two days that eventually went away. Has anyone felt this?

    • Princess617...due 8/28/09 says:

      No, it’s not normal. if you are having vision problems while taking clomid you need to call your doctor and stop taking clomid immediately. This is a rare occurance but can lead to permanent damage to your eyes. You will need to be put on another fertility drug.

  5. John Garrington says:

    Inhaled Fantastik spray feels sick?
    My “friend” sprayed about 5 sprays of Fantastik in my face unexspectedly as I was yawning and I breathed most of it in, and some is on my eyes and arm as well. I feel sick and blurred wavy vision, and my head feels really weird and I feel like I have a migraine.
    What would be a smart thing to do?
    -Thank you

    • rk s says:

      Splash water in your eyes,wash your face and arms with soap,take an anti allergic tab.and breath in fresh air.If you have nausea,go to a doctor otherwise the effect will fade away in a few hours time.

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