Before you begin searching for a low vision rehabilitation specialist for your treatment, you may find it helpful to learn a little about what they do.  Low vision rehabilitation specialists are trained to assess and work one-on-one with you to create a vision rehabilitation program that’s tailored to your unique challenges and goals.  Education, tips and techniques are all focused toward helping you maintain independent living with ways to handle your daily routine.  With their assistance, you may once again be able to safely navigate your home, read the mail, label items around your house, prepare meals, and much more.

Your low vision consultation consists of an evaluation of your visual functions to determine your needs. You will explore the use of magnifiers, orientation and mobility training, along with classes on how to use a computer with adaptive software, and many other options.  By considering your lifestyle, a low vision rehabilitation specialist can guide you towards the training and tools you may need.

If you are not sure how to find a skilled low vision rehabilitation specialist, you can start by looking for a rehabilitation center in your area.  Every state has government-funded rehabilitation services, and there are privately funded centers available as well.  You will find that many of the services are free for those who qualify.

You may also look into centers for the blind and visually impaired to find a low vision rehabilitation specialist.  These centers will often have an array of programs and services that can help including in-home consultations.  Braille Institute in Southern California, for example, offers low vision consultations where you will meet with a low vision rehabilitation specialist.  Your consultation may lead to additional services including classes, free library services, technology training and more.

For more information, please call Braille Institute at 1-800-BRAILLE.