Low Vision Care

We can help when you lose some of your sight.

Learn to live with low vision

Low vision is a result of serious loss of sight, but not complete blindness, that cannot be corrected by medicine, surgery, regular glasses or contact lenses. Symptoms depend on the cause and location of the problem in the eye, and may include:

  • Blank spots, dark spots or wavy lines in the center of your vision.
  • Blurred, hazy or cloudy vision; double vision.
  • Loss of peripheral vision or color vision.

Low vision can be caused by a number of problems in the eye.

  • Blood vessels that nourish the retina may become weak and leak fluid into the eye.
  • The macula may break down, causing loss of central vision.
  • Optic nerve damage from increased eye pressure.
  • Injuries to the eye and congenital defects.

Tools and treatments

Our low vision rehabilitation team will help you maintain your independence and quality of life by maximizing the use of your remaining vision. You’ll get an individualized treatment plan, structured around helping you with your unique needs and challenges. Your plan will help you with:

  • Near tasks such as reading newspapers and using your cell phone or e-reader. Tools include illuminated handheld and stand magnifiers, cutting-edge electronic devices and strong reading glasses.
  • Intermediate tasks such as viewing computer screens and managing personal finances. Tools include midrange glasses, lamp-magnifiers and computer access training.
  • Distance vision tasks such as recognizing people, watching television and sporting events, and possibly driving. Tools include best optical correction with conventional glasses, and handheld and spectacle-mounted telescopes.
  • Glare management including indoor and outdoor glare, managed with filters and lighting strategies.
  • Visual field loss by utilizing peripheral prisms and field-expanding lens systems.
  • Activities of daily living with training from our occupational therapists plus eccentric and scanning training, contrast enhancement strategies, lighting evaluation and non-optical devices.

Get a personalized plan

We also work with community partners to provide personalized in-home training, vocational training, mobility training, driving rehabilitation services and mental health referral for depression. Come see us today so you can learn to live your life to the fullest with low vision.


Low Vision Care

Dr. Kara Hanson OD, Optometrist | UCHealth

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Dr. Kara Hanson

“It’s very rewarding to see how a person implements the tools and strategies they learn to improve their independence and quality of life.”

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Dr. David Lewerenz

“I enjoy engaging in creative problem-solving with my patients to enable them to do the things they love and to live more independently.”

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