Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected with surgery, medications, glasses, or contact lenses. It affects more than 39 million people in the United States. Our dedicated and caring low-vision specialists provide personalized low-vision rehabilitation services to help people with visual impairments lead independent lives.
What is low-vision rehabilitation?
Low-vision rehabilitation is like physical therapy for someone who has lost a limb or has had a stroke, but it is for those who have recently lost vision, are blind, or have very reduced vision. Low-vision rehabilitation helps people maximize their remaining sight, develop strategies for overcoming low vision, and lead independent lives.
Our vision rehabilitation specialists teach people with low vision how to manage everyday activities such as writing, personal grooming, and using magnifiers for reading. We can help you adapt your home for easy navigation and safety, improve lighting conditions, and label food, clothing, and appliances. We can also teach you how to prepare meals, keep financial records, systematize shopping, and organize your purse or wallet for payment at the register.
Every person with low vision is a unique individual and has different needs, so a good vision rehabilitation program is personalized. For example, the program may include education, support groups, or individual counseling.
Low-vision rehabilitation begins with a comprehensive low-vision evaluation in which we will assess your needs and identify programs that may be helpful.
- Vision rehabilitation may introduce you to scanning therapy and devices, including reverse telescopes and visual field awareness prisms. They may provide orientation training, mobility training, and occupational therapy. Some patients may receive information about animal guides.
- Orientation and mobility training for use in actual public situations may be included for those with severe vision loss. Activities include learning how to cross streets safely, negotiate stairs and curbs, and use public transportation as well as familiarization with new environments.
The purpose of low-vision rehabilitation is to help you develop strategies to make the most out of your remaining vision and lead a full and active life. It can also help restore your sense of self-worth because learning to use low-vision devices or techniques is a sign of tenacity and courage. The benefits of low-vision rehabilitation include an improved ability to function, increased use of low-vision devices, and greater satisfaction with your quality of life.
If you or a loved one would like to take the first step toward making the most of your remaining vision and improving your quality of life, please contact us to schedule a low-vision evaluation today. Our friendly and compassionate team is here to help you every step of the way.