WHAT IS LOW VISION?
Low vision exists when your eyesight is permanently reduced to such a level that everyday visual tasks such as reading, writing or watching television become difficult to perform.
This does not mean the person is blind. Often diseases such as Macular degeneration, Retinitis pigmentosa and Diabetic retinopathy leaves “islands of vision” within the visual field. These residual windows of sight are utilised during vision rehabilitation.
At our Low Vision unit based at Claremont branch run by Yolande Scott and in Tyger Valley by Anton Bougus, a low vision assessment is performed. The optometrist determines which specialised magnifying devices and modern digital devices may be used to allow people to read small print again or watch TV – often something that they thought would not be possible!