Low vision can be described as a visual problem that cannot be corrected by standard glasses or medical interventions. The causes of low vision can range from eye diseases like macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma and cataracts or can be a result of neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Low vision can also occur as a natural degeneration or aging process of the healthy eye.
Low vision can affect seniors in ways they may not fully realize. It can even jeopardize your independence. The effects can include:
Increased fall risk, especially in unfamiliar surroundings
Difficulty writing checks and paying bills
Difficulty reading drug and food labels
Problems with overall safety
Withdrawal from social interactions
Our low vision program can help by teaching you how to make the most of your existing vision while compensating for your vision loss. We provide you with the skills, equipment and support that will help you function at your best with your vision impairment.
The first thing we do is evaluate your overall health and environment. We look at the cause of your vision problems, and see what can be done to help. We may also create a series of exercises that can help you either improve or make the most of your existing vision. Our specially-trained therapists work closely with you and your doctor to design a customized plan just for you. We also look for ways to make your home safer for you. Our specially-trained clinicians can even help you locate the community resources and tools needed so that you can live independently and remain in your own home.