Making Low Vision Work

A good Low Vision service is a joint effort in which  the family of the affected person, the community at large, the school, the education services, and the Eye Centre all play a specific role. The most critical factor, however, at the level of the Eye Centre, is how well trained and equipped the Low Vision Technicians are. Below is a summary of the key steps every low vision suspect must go through:

 

1. Detection, identification in the community and at school, and referral to Eye Centre

2. Clinical assessment, advice, and first training in orientation and use of residual vision

3. Assistance in getting the intervention needed for better social inclusion (education, rehabilitation or employment)

4. Assistance in use of best vision at school and in the use of Low Vision devices

5. Monitoring and follow up

Low Vision Services

Low vision refers to loss of vision that:

  • is irreversible, 

  • affects sometimes severely, a person's ability to learn or perform some or all of the common tasks that are appropriate for people of his/her age, but

  • still allows some functional use of vision for daily activities. This is also referred to as residual vision.

Low Vision is usually defined by default, i,e., after medical, surgical and/or optical intervention have been shown not to produce any significant improvement in vision.

The good news about low vision is that in virtually all cases, it is often possible to help those affected make optimal use of their residual vision

A simple definition of Low Vision

Young albino boy with Low Vision
Child with severe LV
Child with locally made LV aid
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Young albino boy with Low Vision