Low Vision Rehabilitation

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July 9, 2014

New Approach to Low Vision Rehab Cuts Risk of Depression in Half

Posted in: Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

Depression is a common risk for people who have lost their vision, but a new study shows that a new approach called “behavior activation” can cut the risk in half. Researchers from Wilmer Eye Institute, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and Wills Eye Hospital have announced results from their Low Vision Depression Prevention Trial (VITAL), designed
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June 4, 2014

Prevent Blindness List of Lists

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions, Health and Nutrition, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts Editor-in-Chief, Prevent Blindness I was looking through our Prevent Blindness online library today and realized how many “listicles” there are. Listicles are articles formatted into lists, which old-school journalists say are rotting our brains. I should worry about that, but I enjoy reading and writing them, so I’ll take my chances. I
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March 1, 2014

What Is Low Vision?

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Low Vision Rehabilitation

By Dan Roberts An estimated fourteen million Americans have low vision, also called visual impairment. It is generally any interference with sight that hinders the performance of daily activities. More specifically, low vision describes varying degrees of sight loss caused by disease, trauma, or a congenital disorder. Low vision may appear as one or more of
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February 24, 2014

Low Vision: What to Do When “There’s Nothing More That Can be Done”

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

Reprinted with permission from Outlook, the electronic newsletter of the National Eye Health Education Program (Winter 2014) “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more that can be done. There is no cure for your eye condition.” It’s likely you’ve been on the receiving end of this devastating news. When an eye care provider says, “There’s nothing more
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September 2, 2013

What Is Low Vision Rehabilitation?

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

Low vision rehabilitation is like physical therapy for someone who has lost a limb. Its purpose is to develop strategies to maximize or substitute for diminished sight in order to maintain independence and a sense of self-worth. This rebuilding and reinforcement of the visual foundation is accomplished through identification of goals, introduction to assistive devices,
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July 14, 2013

The Low Vision Rehabilitation Delivery Model

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

This is a graphic representation of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Delivery Model as developed by representatives of the four vision academies and a consumer representative. Read about the project. Below the graphic is a description of each step in the continuum of care it represents. With this information, you hold the key that will open
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July 13, 2013

Jim’s Story: A Journey Through Low Vision Rehabilitation

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

This is a dramatization of the experiences of Jim, a fictional participant in a low vision rehabilitation program. The intent is to introduce the reader to as many of the varied types of tests and interventions as possible. For simplicity, a single character has been used to show many possible approaches. It does not, therefore,
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July 7, 2013

“Dear Doctor”

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

A plea from a patient who thought nothing could be done. Dear Doctor, You treat patients with low vision and serve us well. Often, however, we hear “nothing can be done for you”. It’s true, but it hurts. With no additional aid, we soon realize that it is beyond our capabilities to win the battle
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July 6, 2013

What Your Low Vision Doctor Needs To Know

Posted in: Daily Living, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Edward J. Huggett, Jr., O.D., P.A. Chief of Low Vision Services St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute Tarpon Springs, Florida A low vision examination is quite different from a typical eye examination. Rather than looking for visual dysfunction and ways to treat it, a low vision doctor tries to learn what vision you have
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January 1, 2013

Locating a Low Vision Specialist

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

These sites will help you find low vision specialists in your area. Before contacting a specific service, however, you may want to educate yourself about what you should expect. For a good deal of information, see the Low Vision Rehabilitation section of our library.   Eschenbach - interactive map and search for low vision professionals by
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