Low Vision Aids
- Eye diseases in which low vision aids are indicated helpful are
- DISTANCE VISION
- NEAR VISION
In spite of the best medical /surgical treatment, a patient with severe vision loss may not regain 100% vision. In these circumstances, the patient’s residual vision can be enhanced to near normal levels with the help of LOW VISION AIDS and/ or training. Just as hearing aids, enhance a patient’s hearing ability, low vision aids help patients with compromised vision to see better. VISION ENHANCEMENT CENTRE was set up to alleviate the problems of such individuals with visual impairnment. Only patients with a minimum residual vision of CF 1M can be helped though.
Eye diseases in which low vision aids are indicated helpful are:
- Macular Degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Retinitis Pigmentosa
- Optic Atrophy
- High Myopia,
- Micro Ophthalmos, Colobomas, and other congenital eye and systemic disorders
Low vision aids for distance and intermediate work (computer work) are called TELESCOPES. They can be used for distance tasks like watching television, recognizing faces, traffic signals, hoardings, shop names, shopping, and other distant activities. Ordinary telescopes cannot be used for mobility; however advanced BIOPTIC telescopes like the OCUTECH VISION ENHANCING SYSTEMS permit mobility and also have the AUTOFOCUS FEATURE. Ocutech aids are also cosmetically better and lightweight.
Near vision devices consist of Hand Magnifiers, Stand Magnifiers, Microscopic spectacles and electronic magnifiers. They can be used for reading, writing, kitchen work and a host of near tasks. The suitability of a particular device can be determined only after a trial.
GOOD LIGHT and CONTRAST ENHANCEMENT also play an important role in low vision management