Help is available with Vision Rehabilitation
To cope with vision loss, you must first have an excellent support team. This team should include you, your primary eye care professional, and our Optometrist specializing in Low Vision.
Professional Orientation and Mobility Specialists, Certified Low Vision Therapists and Licensed Social Workers are also available to help. Together, the Low Vision team can help you make the most of your remaining vision and maintain your independence.
Talk with your eye care professional about your vision problems.
Ask about vision rehabilitation, even if your eye care professional says “nothing more can be done for your vision.”
The term “low vision” refers to loss of vision which cannot be corrected by medical or surgical procedures. Although medication and/or surgery may help, damage to parts of the eye may cause visual loss resulting in low vision. Conventional eyeglasses do not help. Low vision is determined by acuity, the amount of detail an individual sees or by visual field, the size of area an individual can see.
Approximately 88% of people classified as legally blind have some useful vision, but have low vision.
The purpose of the Low Vision Clinic at ABVI is to help people carry out everyday tasks made difficult or impossible by low vision. The optical aids used are not like regular eye glasses. Each device is used for a special purpose. Most low vision aids are reading glasses, magnifiers on a fixed stand, hand-held magnifiers, and pocket magnifiers.