WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP YOU SEE BETTER?
There are many ways in which we can assist in improving your eyesight even after your eye specialist has provided the best possible medical and surgical treatment. Here are just three different ways in which you might be helped to use your remaining areas of vision:
1. Learning different eye movement skills to find your remaining areas of vision.
2. Using alternative devices to perform certain tasks such as using better lighting, increased contrast or simply making objects bigger to increase visibility. Numerous options are available depending on your individual needs.
3. Using special low vision devices such as hand or stand magnifiers, spectacle microscopes, telescopes or advanced electronic magnifying equipment
TELL ME MORE ABOUT LOW VISION DEVICES?
Some of the low vision devices are relatively simple and inexpensive while others are much more sophisticated. They can all be used singly or in combination to assist you in achieving better vision. The choice of device(s) depends on your individual needs and the specific goals identified during your visual assessment. Other factors that need to be taken into consideration when selecting the appropriate low vision device might be:
· How and where you will use the device – do you plan to carry it with you, or will it lie on a table or desk?
· Do you need your hands to be free while doing the task, or can you hold a magnifier?
· How strong a magnifier is needed? Can you use a weaker magnifier for some tasks? A strong magnifier can be difficult to use. It must be held very close to the object it is magnifying and even the slightest motion can cause it to lose focus. The size of the area that can be viewed is also reduced as the magnifier gets stronger. In fact, the “best” magnifier is usually the weakest one that still allows you to accomplish a specific task
DO I NEED TRAINING TO USE MY LOW VISION DEVICES?
Success comes with the ability to change old habits and the motivation to achieve tasks that you were previously unable to perform. Training sessions in which these new techniques are reinforced often necessary. Other areas where you can be assisted such as with support groups, psychological counselling, mobility training, or skills of daily living are often identified during these sessions