A person of any age can experience vision loss or visual disturbances, for many, various reasons. Visual disturbances include floaters, eye flashes and double vision. Sometimes there is accompanying eye pain or it may be only peripheral vision that is lost or affected.

The degree of severity affects how the person copes with everyday life, how much they can see and can also impact on their mobility. It is particularly important to address vision loss in children, since it can impact on the child’s physical and social development.

In Australia, however, approximately two thirds of those who are vision impaired are over the age of 65. About six percent of people with vision impairment are totally blind.

Low vision aids are readily available in Australia to those who need them. These vision aids include magnifiers and enlargers, large-print books and appliances with tactile markings for the vision impaired.

The Causes of Vision Loss

There are several causes of vision loss or impairment. It can be a sudden or temporary situation, simply due to fatigue or migraine, or more seriously as a side-effect of a stroke, eye condition or brain injury.

Please see our information pages on the following eye diseases and disorders:

Glaucoma

Cataracts

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Diabetic Retinopathy

Half of all the vision impairment in Australia can be treated with the correct prescription for glasses. Inferior vision is caused by refractive errors in the eyesight that is going uncorrected. Vision loss due to myopia (short-sightedness) and hyperopia (long-sightedness), as well as astigmatism and presbyopia, can all be treated at Insight Optometrists.

Call today for your appointment to prevent or treat visual disturbances and vision loss.

References:

  1. Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria, in conjunction with Vision Health Australia.