Low Vision

Reduced or impaired vision that cannot be adequately corrected with conventional glasses, contact lenses, surgery or medication, is known as Low Vision.  This can result from eye disease (such as macula degeneration or glaucoma) or through trauma.

People with Low Vision commonly have partial sight, in the form of blind spots, tunnel or blurred vision.  It impacts many aspects of a person’s life and can make daily living activities such as reading, recognizing faces and moving about difficult.

Here at TAURANGA EYECARE, we offer a low vision assessment, tailored to meet your individual requirements.  Performed by an optometrist with specialist knowledge and interest the assessment will focus on maximizing your current vision through the use of:

– Magnification

– Lighting and Contrast

– Glare Minimisation

– Non-Optical Devices

The assessment can also help the person with low vision and their family to better understand their vision impairment, and advice will be given on how to use selected vision aids effectively.

If needed, we can refer you to additional services such as the Blind Foundation, Macula Degeneration NZ and Glaucoma NZ.

Making an appointment for a Low Vision Assessment

In order for us to provide you with the most appropriate advice, please bring to your appointment:

  • Your last spectacle prescription
  • Any current spectacles if worn
  • Any low vision aids you are currently using
  • Any low vision aids you have been supplied with previously and are no longer able to use
  • A list of any medication you take
  • Your GP’s details
  • Your optometrist’s details (if you have been referred by another optometrist)
  • You may also find it helpful to bring a family member or friend to the appointment.

Please contact us and ask for a low vision assessment.