Low Vision is not the same as blindness. People with low vision still have some useful vision except it cannot be totally restored by conventional glasses, contact lenses, medical treatment, or surgery. However, low vision interferes with daily activities such as reading, seeing distant objects, differentiating colors and driving.
Major Causes of Low Vision
Low vision can be due to an injury, heredity, aging, or disease. Some of the most common causes of low vision are glaucoma, macular degeneration, trauma, diabetic retinopathy, optic atrophy, retinitis pigmentosa, retinal detachment, and stroke. Regardless of the cause of low vision, we offer patients options that will enable them to use their vision to its fullest potential.
Our Low Vision Services
The goal of our Low Vision and Rehabilitation 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. Our Low Vision and Rehabilitation Services provide a comprehensive range of vision rehabilitation services, including: Assessment, prescription, instruction and rehabilitation by low vision specialist; Provision of low vision tools and equipment and training on their use; Orientation and mobility training; Home/school/office environment assessment; Follow-up: ensuring compliance with prescription and good care of the correction, repair or replacement of spectacles if needed; Information and referral for medical, social, educational, and vocational services; Linking to low vision resources and support groups; and Counseling and referral to other specialty clinics.
Low Vision Devices
A variety of devices both optical and non-optical are available for people with low vision ranging from magnifiers, telescopes, filters, electronic devices, writing guides, among others. These devices are task-specific, so an individual may need several different devices for various tasks. Example: One or two devices for reading; another for television viewing and recognizing faces; another for signing cheques or other listed tasks required by the individual.
IF YOU HAVE VISION LOSS, THERE IS HELP. TECHNOLOGY IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WITH VISION LOSS. BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW. CALL OR CONTACT US FOR MORE INFORMATION.