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What Causes Low Vision?

While commonly associated with seniors over the age of 60, low vision can also affect children and adults of all ages. Certain birth defects or medical conditions – regardless of age – can cause low vision and negatively impact one’s quality of life. Dr. Heather Alcorn can help patients from all over Ohio with the following low vision conditions to engage in the activities they enjoy, such as reading, writing, watching films, and driving, among others.

  • What Is Choroideremia Thumbnail.jpg
    Choroideremia is a rare genetic condition that causes the gradual loss of peripheral and central vision. Fortunately, a low vision optometrist can help patients with choroideremia to live full, independent lives.
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    If you've been diagnosed with Best Disease, a genetic disorder affecting central vision, there are many ways to help you remain independent and keep doing the things you enjoy.
  • Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy Thumbnail.jpg
    If you or your child has Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy, it may cause vision loss. We can help optimize your remaining vision for a high quality of life.
  • Charles Bonnet Syndrome Thumbnail.jpg
    Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS), also known as "visual hallucinations", is a common condition in those low vision. Fortunately, these hallucinations are unrelated to psychiatric hallucinations and are strictly caused by vision impairment.
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration Thumbnail 4.jpg
    This eye disease affects the macula of the eye, which in healthy eyes, acts as a passageway as light passes through it on the way to the brain.
  • Achromatopsia 2 Thumbnail.jpg
    If you or your child has Achromatopsia, it may cause low vision. We can give you or your child the tools to strengthen their visual acuity and reduce symptoms.
  • retinitis pigmentosa Thumbnail.jpg
    Retinitis pigmentosa is a genetic eye disease that causes cells in the retina to break down, reducing the patient’s ability to see clearly. Fortunately, there is hope for RP patients to regain independence with the help of a low-vision optometrist.
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    Everything you need to know about cataracts, how it causes vision loss, and how we can enhance your remaining vision for a high quality of life.
  • macular hole thumbnail.jpg
    If you have a Macular Hole, it may cause a gradual loss of central vision. We can help maximize your remaining vision for a high quality of life.
  • How Stargardt Disease Cause Low Vision and How We Can Help Thumbnail 1.jpg
    Everything you need to know about Stargardt Disease, how it causes vision loss, and how we can enhance your child’s remaining vision for a high quality of life.
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    Stroke-Hemianopsia occurs when the brain is damaged due to a stroke, brain injury, or tumor, vision is often affected. Stroke often causes Hemianopsia, which is decreased or total visual field loss in half of your field of vision.
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    Macular Degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss today, and it is mostly age-related. A low vision optometrist will provide you with tools and devices that help you optimize your vision and carry out many more tasks than you thought possible.
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    Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve due to a buildup of pressure in the eye. Known as the “sneak thief of vision,” this condition will cause a loss of the peripheral vision.