Have Low Vision? Let us try and help!!
The Low Vision Store is a family run business located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. We have been in the low vision and blindness business for 23 years. We cover the 5 state area of North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. Give us a toll free call at 1-800-871-8780 to find out about our free in-house demonstration.
Our goal is to help people with macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts and other low vision problems. We have helped many people regain their independence with our low vision reading devices.
Check out the line of reading machines represented by the low vision store that has a variety of different size screens and the magnification can get up to 50x!!
We also carry lighted and non-lighted stand and hand magnifiers. The magnifiers can start at 2.5x and go up to 14X.
The Low Vision Store prides itself on being your one stop shopping experience for all of your low vision and blindness product needs. Whether you need a talking watch or a fully talking computer; or whether you need a simple hand held magnifying glass or a sophisticated video magnification system we can meet your needs.
Our staff has a wide range of experience with vision loss and the knowledge to match you with the right product for your specific need. Through professional and in some cases personal experience we have the breath of understanding that it takes to help people regain their independence or become more productive in their home management, academic, or vocation a pursuits. So whether you are experiencing the beginnings of vision loss or are totally blind; let us help you.
What is Low Vision?
Low vision can be any eye condition that prevents a person from seeing normally. There are several measures to determine a person’s visual acuity; distance and field of vision are two of the most common measures.
For distance, if someone has 20/20 vision they have perfect vision. If someone has 20/200 vision, they are considered “legally blind.” A person who has 20/200 vision can see at twenty feet what someone who has 20/20 vision can see at two-hundred feet.
Field of view refers to the how much peripheral vision one has. Tunnel vision would be an example of a severe field cut.
The most common cause of vision loss, particularly among older adults is Age Related Macular Degeneration. The Macular is a concentrated area of cells located in the center of the retina which provide our most detailed visual information. With Macular Degeneration the group of cells becomes damage whether through Dry or Wet Macular Degeneration. With the dry form, the cells tend to just slowly die off. In the case of Wet Macular Degeneration, the blood vessels within the retina burst and thereby destroy the cells within the Macula. There is very little known treatment for Dry Macular Degeneration; however, the progression is usually slower than the Wet form. For Wet Macular Degeneration injections to eye and other therapies have proven quite effective. With either type of Macular Degeneration all vision is seldom lost.
Another common cause of vision loss is Glaucoma. Glaucoma occurs when too much pressure builds up on the eye thereby destroying Optic Nerve and Retina cells. There are many types of Glaucoma some of which are more aggressive and some forms are less aggressive and therefore more amenable to treatment.