Adjustment to any vision loss is difficult. It takes self-acceptance, determination, support of family and friends, and learning new techniques to fully utilize any remaining vision. The goal of the Low Vision Services is to enable people with low vision to improve their ability to use their remaining vision so they can be independent and better able to meet the demands of everyday living.
What is Low Vision?
LowVision Hand MagLow vision is impaired vision that cannot be fully restored by conventional glasses, contact lenses, medical treatment, or surgery.
Low Vision is Not Total Blindness
People with low vision may still have some potentially useful vision.
Over 4 Million Americans Have Low Vision:
- 68% are over the age of 65
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- 12% age 75 to 84/li>
- 21% over age 85/li>
Learn To Use New Devices
Most people with low vision can become more visually independent if they make a commitment to learn how to use low vision aids and devices, as well as learn new methods to perform everyday tasks.
What Are The Major Causes of Low Vision?
Low vision can be due to heredity, an injury, disease, or aging. Some of the most common causes of low vision are macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, optic atrophy, retinitis pigmentosa, retinal detachment, and stroke. Regardless of the cause of vision loss, patients are offered options that will enable them to use their vision to its fullest potential.
Do Patients Need to be Referred to Another Clinic for Low Vision Services?
We provide a basic level of service with common vision aids, such as stronger eyeglasses, magnifying lenses, and lighting recommedations. However, many Low Vision patients will benefit from the full range of service provided by a clinic specializing in Low Vision care. These services may include dedicated vision aids or devices, instruction on the use of these devices, rehabilitative training, and counseling. We refer people who will benefit from these services to an appropriate clinic.
How is The Low Vision Patient Helped?
LowVision CCTVA low vision examination begins with questions about the patient's history of vision loss, what difficulties they are having performing tasks such as reading, writing, personal hygiene, cooking, and watching television. The clinician will look for activities the patient has discontinued or has difficulty performing due to the vision loss. Throughout the examination the clinician will be looking for ways to help the patient accomplish the tasks and activities that they desire.
There are many different devices available for a person with low vision, including magnifiers, telescopes, microscopes (high plus lenses for reading), custom lighting, and a special television to magnify reading material and photographs. Custom designed low vision devices also may be prescribed. Many patients use a combination of devices.
Vision Rehabilitation Plan
After completing the low vision examination, the clinician will design a vision rehabilitation plan. The plan will include the goals to which the team and you have agreed; the devices that best fit those goals and your lifestyle; the training and support that will be the most helpful; and referral to supporting services and agencies.
At subsequent visits, the devices will be dispensed and you will be trained on their proper use. Using the devices for independent living activities such as cooking, shopping, and reading mail, will also be taught. Computer technology and electronic reading devices will be evaluated if you have specific goals that can be met by them.
The Benefit to You
You can improve your remaining vision so that you can live as independently as possible, and have a productive and happy life.