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Spotting the signs of low vision

Vision loss is a broad spectrum that presents very differently for different people. But for most people, the onset of low vision happens gradually.

This means that the early signs can often go unnoticed. If, or when, you are diagnosed, the impact is not immediate, and so can be managed with rehabilitation services and support.

The first things you may notice are eye fatigue, an increase in clumsiness, or bumping into things more often.

Signs to look out for

Some of other signs you should look out for can include:

  • Blurry, wavy or cloudy vision.
  • Seeing halos around lights.
  • Sensitivity to light and glare.
  • Difficulty seeing clearly at night.
  • Decreased peripheral (side) vision.
  • Changes in colours.
  • Difficulty reading.
  • Difficulty recognising faces.
  • Difficulty making sense of what you see.
  • Increased clumsiness & bumping into things.

A trip to your GP or optometrist is a great place to start when, or if, these symptoms appear, and they can refer you to the relevant specialists and healthcare professionals.

It’s important to know that even if you are diagnosed with low vision, it doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things you love, it just means you need some advice on how to do things differently.

How to protect your eyes

Taking care of your eyes is often an afterthought for most people.

These simple tips will help you take a step in the right direction:

  • Have regular eye check-ups and follow the advice from eye specialists.
  • Wear sunglasses and hats when going outside.
  • Take regular breaks when you are using digital devices to rest your eyes.
  • Eat foods that are high in antioxidants and other essential vitamins, such as green leafy vegetables, eggs, fish, nuts and fruits.
  • Avoid smoking or vaping.

Doing these things can help you protect and prevent damage to your eyes, maintaining your eye health.