‘Low Vision’ and Your Eye Condition

What do we mean by the term ‘low vision’?

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

They have a visual acuity of less than 6/18, or they have a visual field of less than 20 degrees across. People are not legally allowed to drive with these vision measurements. Vision tests are conducted by eye care specialists, who include: optometrists, ophthalmologists and orthoptists. If you have been diagnosed with an eye condition and you have been advised by your eye care specialist that you are still allowed to drive, we can still provide you with information about services that may be of benefit now or in the future, if your vision deteriorates.

Guide Dogs Tasmania (GDT) also provides services to people who have lost vision as a result of eye disease or trauma, acquired brain injury, congenital conditions and stroke.

 

Low Vision Conditions

Vision loss may be caused by disease or trauma affecting the eye and/or the brain.

Here is a list of the most common low vision conditions: