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If you wear glasses or contacts and you still have difficulty reading the newspaper or directions on the side of a box, you have low vision. Low vision can make everyday tasks challenging, and it can prevent you from doing the activities you enjoy.

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At the Mason Eye Institute at University of Missouri Health Care, our low-vision specialists offer more than special magnifiers and large-print books. We provide personalized solutions. We consider your environment, your lifestyle, and what’s important to you to improve your quality of life.

Comprehensive care for low vision

When you choose MU Health Care, you work with the most experienced eye care team in central Missouri. Our low-vision specialists work closely with our ophthalmologists and optometrists to understand your eye health condition. This close collaboration means you get expert advice and solutions to help you maintain your independence.

Here’s how we can help.

Personalized consultations

During your low-vision exam, you’ll:

  • Learn how environmental factors — such as glare, distance, lighting and contrast — impact your vision and how you can take control of them
  • Discuss your goals and get personalized solutions to help you achieve them
  • Learn about visual aids to help you with everyday tasks and activities

You’ll learn tips and methods to overcome low vision so you can continue to enjoy what you love. We help you discover ways to overcome all types of eyesight challenges.

Low-vision aids

There are a number of devices and products to make tasks easier. During your exam, you’ll learn which are right for you.

Types of optical devices include:

  • Distance-viewing devices (binoculars, opera glasses or telescopes)
  • Electronic aids (closed-circuit TVs, handheld scanners and portable video magnifiers) 
  • Magnifying glasses, including handheld and stand magnifiers (rest directly on reading materials)
  • Magnifying eyeglasses (stronger than ordinary glasses)
  • Specialty products, such as large-print checkbooks or books
  • Task lighting (improves lighting and contrast)

If low vision is interfering with your life, schedule a low-vision exam today. We can help you stay independent and continue to do the things you enjoy.