For years Cape Town has had a great need for OPTOMETRIC LOW VISION services and now we can offer our patients just that.
I had the pleasure of consulting to an amazing, elderly, 86-year old lady who will refer to as Mrs Patient, in respect of her privacy.
Mrs Patient was seen during the month of May 2015. She has end stage AMD (acronym for?) and has had 12 Avastin injections. She mostly has peripheral vision remaining. She lives by herself on the 6th floor of an apartment block overlooking the Bay as well as Table Mountain.
Mrs. Patient has the most amazing ATTITUDE towards life. At 86 years of age, with only peripheral vision, she walks to her gym and swims 30 lengths in the pool six days a week. She gives spiritual life lessons to grown-ups in her area. These clients range from doctors to UCT students.
She feels that she has something to GIVE : wisdom, guidance and friendship to those in need.
After a Low vision assessment determined her needs, I visited her at home to give an instruction on her new Ruby video handheld magnifier. She loved the magnification it offered and was thrilled to be able to read print again. She made us coffee all by herself – a task made infinitely easier with the magnifier!
During the instruction, we practised using the magnifier on statements, shopping receipts, telephone numbers and how to care for the device.
Imagine YOU that lose part of your sight and have to become more dependent on others for small things like doing your daily food shopping?
Mrs. Patient showed me that our REACTIONS towards what life dishes out, is much more important than what happens to us.
Let us not forget that we are dealing with human beings every day during consultation.
Let us make the effort to TELL them about LOW VISION DEVICES * and that life can be what we make of it, as long as we never give up hope.
“Thank you Mrs. Patient for the inspiration you give every day!”
Yolande Scott has extensive experience in low vision assessment and is looking forward to caring for our low vision community. She is available on Monday and Thursday mornings for appointments
Please contact: Mullers Cavendish – The Link Main Road Claremont 7800
Tel 021 671 5096 Fax 021 683 2928 E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* A wide range of Eschenbach and other magnifiers and devices are available
For more information, see http://www.sensorysolutions.co.za/index.php?id_product=35&controller=product