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Living with Low Vision
Many visually impaired people experience difficulty with regular activities
such as cooking, shopping, managing finances, watching television, reading, and taking
care of their personal needs. Many people with low vision have concerns about finding
and keeping a job, dealing with friends and family members, getting around, and
participating in recreational and social activities.
But there are hundreds of low vision aids and scores of proven strategies for coping
with low vision. These aids and strategies can help visually impaired people maximize
their remaining vision and maintain their independence.
Knowledge is the key to living with low vision. People with low vision can enhance
their quality of life by learning which optical and
non-optical aids can help them, and
by integrating strategies for dealing with the visual impairment into daily life.
But knowledge is just the first part. Practice is the important next step. Just as an
amputee must learn to walk with his new prosthesis, a person with low vision must
practice using adaptive aids until they become second nature.
Motivation and attitude are perhaps the most important factors in
determining one's success in using low vision aids. If people are willing to give
some energy and effort to learning how to make the best use of their remaining sight,
they can do nearly everything they did before, perhaps just in a different way.
About Vision is an independent, advertising-supported
web site that publishes information
related to eye health and eye care. The
web site has a
Vision Guide which includes several well written
articles on aspects of low vision.
Macular Degeneration: Guide
to Seeing Beyond the Clouds by Yale
Solomon, M.D>. This book was originally published
in 2000, with a revised edition released in 2009.
While its details on the current state of research
and treatment for age-related macular degeneration
might not be up to the minute, it still provides
a good broad overview for those affected by the
condition. The book is available as a Talking