What is ‘Low Vision’?
A person is said to have low vision when their eyesight is limited or impaired and cannot be adequately corrected with surgery, conventional glasses or contact lenses.
Low vision can affect people of all ages and has an impact on many aspects of a person's life both at home and in the workplace.
It is often a loss of sharpness or acuity but may also present itself as a loss of field of vision, light sensitivity, distorted vision or loss of contrast. Low vision may occur as a result of birth defects, injury or as a complication of disease.
Low vision rehabilitation does not cure the cause of the vision problem but rather utilises the remaining vision to its fullest potential. Rehabilitation does not replace the need for other concurrent treatments such as laser, medication and surgery. Low vision rehabilitation may include prescribing prescription spectacles, filters, microscopes, magnifiers, adaptive equipment and electronic magnifying units (closed circuit television systems CCTV). Independent living aids, training and counselling are also considered a part of low vision rehabilitation.