A female patient receiving assistance from a doctor while having optometric equipment fitted onto her eyes.

Low Vision Awareness Month

Foundation for Blind Children is participating in Low Vision Awareness Month. We always say that vision is a spectrum, but what do we mean when we say that? Here are 7 kinds of low vision that affect FBC students.

Read on to understand a little more about the unique ways our students see the world.

1. Central Scotoma

A scotoma is a visual field abnormality or blind spot. In this example, the scotoma is affecting central vision. People with this type of vision need to compensate for their lack of vision in one area.

These blind spots can vary in size and location, creating a completely different experience for everyone.

FBC's main building with a dark spot in the center of the image depicting 'Central Scotoma VA 20/400'

2. Right Upper Scotoma

In this example, the scotoma affects the vision in the upper right part of the person’s vision. This makes it more difficult to use their peripheral vision.

FBC's main building with a dark spot in the right upper quadrant of the image depicting 'Central Scotoma VA 20/200'

3. Tunnel Vision

For someone with tunnel vision, vision might be perfect in one small area. A person might have 20:20 vision, but they might see as if they were looking through a straw at all times. Outside of that small range of vision, they cannot make out much, if anything at all.

FBC's main building with a dark spot covering the image with the exception of a circular spot in the middle depicting 'Tunnel Vision- Retinitis Pigmentosa'

4. Diabetic Retinopathy

Some of our students lose their vision due to diabetic retinopathy, which is a rare side effect of diabetes. Different colored scotoma can be seen, causing a unique type of vision.

FBC's main building with a dark red spots surrounding the image depicting 'Diabetic Retinopathy VA 20/100'

5. Right Homonymous Hemianopia

Homonymous hemianopia is a loss of vision in the same areas of both eyes. In this example, the right side of each eye has more blurry vision, causing a complicated visual field.

FBC's main building with a dark blur on the right side depicting 'Right Homonymous Hemianopsia'

6. 20/200 Vision

This picture has a blur effect added to it to simulate a visual acuity of 20/200. At this visual acuity, someone would need to be 20 feet away from something to see it as well as someone with perfect vision would be able to see it at 200 feet.

FBC's main building with an intense blur depicting 'Impaired Acuity VA 20/200'

7. 20/800 Vision

Even blurry vision has a nearly infinite range of possibilities. This image depicts 20/800 vision. The blur is more extreme, making it very difficult to make anything of detail out.

For some people, the blur is uniform across their vision. Some people have spots of it. Others have different levels of blur in different areas of their vision.

FBC's main building with an extreme blur depicting 'Impaired Acuity VA 20/800'

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