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Low vision services

  • What is low vision?

    Vision is the ability to see objects and detail. It includes seeing colors, contrast and field of view. Low vision is a decline in any of these abilities. It can affect activities like reading, cooking, driving, enjoying hobbies and more.

    Low vision is visual acuity of less than 20/50 (the standard driver's test requirement is 20/40), or loss of contrast or field of view. But problems with glare or color discrimination can be as troublesome as decreased vision. Difficulty reading, sewing, seeing faces or walking are signs of low vision.

    We can help

    Fortunately, low vision does not have to mean no vision. Specialists in low vision evaluation and treatment can help you make the most of your remaining vision. Often the people who can benefit the most from a low vision evaluation and training are those with moderate vision loss, or visual acuity between 20/60 - 20/100.

    Referral forms

    A doctor's referral is required for a Low Vision Center evaluation. Download the form or call
    612-775-8866 to request a form.

  • Source: Phillips Eye Institute
    Reviewed by: Amanda Stoltman, OD
    First published: 05/10/2010
    Last reviewed: 03/17/2014

  • Low Vision Store

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    Low Vision Center
    612-775-8866

    Tuesdays:
    8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Minnesota Low Vision Store
    612-775-8967

    Tuesdays:
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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  • 710 E 24th St
    Suite 203
    Minneapolis, MN 55404

    612-775-8866