LOW VISION – USE YOUR WINDOWS OF SIGHT
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!
STEPS TO FOLLOW BEFORE YOUR LOW VISION ASSESSMENT
- See your Ophthalmologist to make sure he/she agrees that you are done with medical treatment OR ready for low vision assistance.
- Make an appointment with our Low vision optometrist, Yolande Scott, for a LOW VISION ASSESSMENT – duration 1hour
- Bring old pairs of spectacles and magnifiers along and be well rested for the appointment.
- Think about what your main goals are. Reading, walking, TV, hobbies etc.
BENEFITS OF HAVING A LOW VISION ASSESSMENT
You will discover new ways to do visual tasks, learn about new devices, receive expert and
personalised advice and receive training in how to use your new device.
Eye movement skills
SOLUTIONS FOR GLARE
SOLUTIONS FOR READING
CORRECT LIGHTING NEEDED
ELECTRONIC VIDEO MAGNIFIERS
OTHER ASSISTIVE TECH AVAILABLE FOR LOW VISION
Images Credits: Schweizer