Low vision is a term describing a level of visual acuity below normal (20/20 or worse) that cannot be corrected with conventional glasses, contact lenses or surgery. Also, a person with lower then 20 degrees of peripheral vision may be treated for low vision. Low vision often interferes with the performance of daily living activities such remaining and driving.
Low vision may be caused by cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, RP and other eye diseases.
Low vision therapy typically includes an evaluation of the patient’s visual abilities, prescription of low vision devices and training in their use. The goal is to maximize the use of the patient’s available vision for reading, writing, hobbies and work-related tasks such as working at a computer.
A Low Vision Evaluation can help someone understand how to use their remaining vision more effectively, and to use adaptive methods to increase independence and reach their goals.
A low vision therapist is an eye doctor or a rehab specialist who works with people who have visual impairments to help them become as independent as possible. Like other types of occupational therapists, low vision therapists place a heavy emphasis on empowering their patients so that they can live independently.
With low vision therapy, low vision aids and adaptive technology, people with low vision can maximize their remaining sight and live independently.
To learn more about low vision therapy, see a low vision specialist near you or call us at 407-292-9812.