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

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Low Vision Center 
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Minnesota Low Vision Store

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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