If you are sensitive to light,
you can ask the doctor to
dim the light used for
the retinal exam.

Newly diagnosed?

Doctors are not equipped to answer questions about the emotional and social implications of vision loss, but they can and should refer you to a low-vision counselor. A low-vision counselor can also benefit your family.

Questions you should ask your doctor

Questions which your doctor cannot answer

The best you can do right now is to practice good nutritional habits, avoid pollution and smoking, protect your eyes from ultraviolet rays, and stay informed about possible treatments. Then, when a treatment does come, you will have done the best you can to take advantage of the treatment.

Where to find a low-vision counselor

The Washington Department of Services For The Blind is a premiere resource and a national leader in promoting the skills and abilities of people who are blind or have low vision. They team with customers, employers, communities, and fellow staff to achieve the highest level of customer service.

Vision Simulator

Explaining what you can and cannot see is difficult. For some of us our vision varies depending on lighting and our health. This interactive on-line tool simulates common types of vision loss. Sharing this website allows your fully-sighted family and friends to get a general idea of how certain eye diseases appear to the visually impaired.

How sunglasses protect your eyesight

Darker sunglasses do not mean better protection. Certain color lenses are better for different eye conditions. It’s always best to sit down with a low vision counselor to try the glasses first.

Tips to take good care of yourself and your eyes from Dr. Oz.