Not all types of vision loss can be corrected. Losing vision can have a major impact on your life as well as the lives of your loved ones. While curing vision loss may not be possible, there are several techniques, strategies, tools and habits that can improve your life, even without perfect eyesight. Low vision therapy techniques help you use the vision you have to the fullest extent possible in order to live a full and functional life.
A wide variety of conditions and diseases can result in low vision. While low vision is more common among seniors, it can develop in patients of any age. Some of its most common causes are:
- Macular degeneration
- An atrophied optic nerve
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Brain trauma
- Degenerative retinal disease
Although low vision therapy isn’t a cure for vision loss, it often results in major improvements in eyesight and functionality. With proper training, you or your loved one can develop the skills to read smaller fonts, cook, watch TV, play cards, move about safely in public spaces and more. Our low vision therapy program includes several components, including guidance on how to:
- Communicate—reading text, improving accuracy, writing, learning braille
- Manage your home—organizing, labeling, operating appliances, cooking, cleaning, using lighting for contrast
- Move about safely—replacing furniture, using emergency services, redoing floor plans, eliminating risks
- Operating a computer, phone or TV—closed-circuit television, low vision software, audio-directed technology
- Manage your daily routine—brushing teeth, using the restroom, getting dressed, making meals, going to the grocery store, entertaining guests
- Use low vision technologies—microscopes, magnifying glasses, telescopes, adaptive equipment, contrast lighting
- Participate in activities—playing cards, going to events, using sighted guide techniques, reading, watching TV, job hunting
If you or a loved one is suffering from low vision, our therapy program is the best way to ensure you’re getting the most out of your life. Our optometry team has the experience, training, tools and knowledge to help you understand your condition and utilize your remaining eyesight fully. Give us a call or schedule an appointment for a counseling consultation.