Low Vision in the Des Moines Metro Area

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What Is Low Vision?

Low vision is defined as vision loss that can’t be corrected by medical treatments, surgery, or corrective lenses.

Low vision can be caused by:

Our doctors can help you adapt to low vision. Come visit us to learn how we can work together in your vision care!

The Hallmarks of Low Vision

There are many ways to experience low vision. You may find your central vision or your peripheral vision could be affected. You may struggle with contrast sensitivity (the ability to distinguish between objects of similar colors) or with depth perception (the ability to judge the distance of an object in your surroundings). 

You may find certain tasks more difficult with low vision, such as:

  • Reading
  • Using a computer or tablet
  • Writing
  • Watching television
  • Recognizing faces
  • Seeing switches, dials, or other mechanical controls
  • Seeing the board in the front of a school classroom
  • Shopping
  • Driving a car

Thankfully, there are ways to modify these tasks and continue to enjoy the activities you love!

Living with Low Vision

Across America, 14 million people live with low vision. That’s nearly 1 in 20 people.  

It is normal to feel frustrated or angry with the onset of low vision, and you should let yourself acknowledge those feelings. But there is hope. Many accommodations can be made so you can continue living a fulfilling life, and our rehabilitation specialists can help make your daily life more comfortable in regards to your vision. 

Come visit us to talk with an optometrist about the resources and assistance available to you. Let us be a part of your care going forward!

Our Locations

Altoona

  • 1005 8th St SW, Suite A.
  • Altoona, IA 50009

Ankeny

  • 111 NW 9th St
  • Ankeny, IA 50023

Johnston

  • 5501 NW 86th St., Suite 500
  • Johnston, IA 50131

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