Low Vision Rehabilitation Services
We help people with low vision use their remaining vision by:
- Carrying out an in-depth low vision evaluation.
The evaluation is done by an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Information obtained from this evaluation is used to develop a vision rehabilitation plan.
- Testing to determine the location of the best remaining vision.
This testing is done on persons with certain eye conditions such as macular degeneration. The equipment used for this test is a Scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO). Results from the SLO test help to identify the position to hold the eye in order to line up and use the best remaining vision. This technique is called "eccentric viewing."
- Prescribing low vision devices such as high-powered glasses, magnifiers and telescopes. Training in the proper use of the low vision devices is provided by an occupational therapist. Certain devices such as magnifiers and low vision glasses are loaned, making it possible to practice with devices at home prior to purchase.
- Offering the opportunity to try high tech devices such as CCTVs, video magnification reading machines and adaptive computer technology.
- Discussing home adaptations such as marking oven dials, reducing glare with window treatments, using task lighting, and much more.
- Training in daily living skills such as techniques for cooking safely, taking care of the household, personal grooming, keeping financial records and managing medications.
- Giving pointers on how to avoid falls and injuries.
- Introducing community low vision resources.
- Offering support group meetings.