What is Low Vision?

Magnifying glass held over the words 'Low 'Vision' in a newspaper

A loss of sharpness or acuity can be the first signs of low vision. It may also present as a loss of field of vision, light sensitivity, distorted vision or a loss of contrast.

A person is said to have low vision when their eyesight is limited or impaired and cannot be adequately corrected with surgery, conventional glasses or contact lenses.

Low vision can affect people of all ages and can have an impact on many aspects of their life. It may cause problems with reading, using the computer, dialing the telephone, and watching television.

Low vision is measured by distance visual acuity. When a person has normal vision their visual acuity is rated 6/6 or 20/20. This rating indicates that the person can read the letters on an eye chart, which is designed to be seen at a distance of six metres or twenty feet away.  A person is said to have low vision when they see fewer letters on the eye chart from this distance.

Low vision solutions

Losing your vision is a challenge that faces many older Australians. For those affected, it can mean the loss of many daily living and recreational activities that are central to a healthy and independent lifestyle. We can help you with assessment, advice, products and support.