Vision Impairment or Vision Loss

Vision Impairment or Vision Loss



Your vision is one of your most important senses. Your vision allows you to be independent.

Vision impairment is defined as a visually impaired person’s eyesight cannot be corrected to a “normal level”.

It may be said that visual impairment is the functional limitation of the eye or eyes or the vision system. This leads to 

  • Loss of visual acuity and inability of the person to see objects as clearly as a healthy person

  • Loss of visual field meaning inability of an individual to see as wide an area as the average person without moving the eyes or turning the head.

  • Photophobia – inability to look at light

  • Diplopia – double vision

  • Visual distortion or distortion of images

  • Visual perceptual difficulties or difficulties of perception

  • Or any combination of the above features


Some of these symptoms come on gradually, and some come on suddenly.

  • Double vision
  • Blurry vision

  • Seeing flashes of light

  • Seeing floaters or “spider webs”

  • Seeing halos or rainbows around lights

  • Seeing what looks like a curtain coming down over one eye

  • A sudden decrease in vision

  • Sudden sensitivity to light and glare

  • Sudden eye pain

  • Itching or burning eyes

  • Red eyes

  • White areas in the pupil

  • Changes in the color of your eye

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