When a person is visually impaired, it means that their vision ranges from having some remaining level of vision, to being considered legally blind. Most people with visual impairment are considered to have what is known as ‘low vision.’ Whatever the degree, vision loss can cause feelings of helplessness, isolation, and depression, so it is important for family, caregivers and friends to gain an understanding of their low vision situation. For example, you may find that you are relied on more to read certain items like menu boards and documents written in small fonts. To provide more support, you can also encourage them to seek services for the visually impaired where they will find programs and services with suggestions, devices and different techniques that can help them to remain as independent as possible.
Low vision can be caused by different factors. It can be hereditary or brought about by a genetic condition. It can also be caused by conditions like macular degeneration and glaucoma, as well as some eye injuries. Regardless of its origin, there are solutions that can help the person cope with the condition. You can help them find services for visually impaired and blind adults online. Many of these services are free and offered by non-profit organizations. You can also inform them about low vision aids or specialized optical devices that can help them utilize their remaining vision effectively. That way, you can still empower them to be independent and continue doing the things they love and enjoy.
Services for the visually impaired can also include low vision rehabilitation, which will help the person continue to live independently. The service is offered by institutes specializing in services for visually impaired adults, and it includes one-on-one personalized appointments with professional low vision specialists who are often Occupational Therapists. They will work closely with the person to maximize their remaining vision. Practical tips will be given on glare control, contrast enhancement, and lighting, and devices will be explored to help them accomplish daily tasks, like watching TV and reading. In addition to these appointments, the service provider has programs like mobility and orientation training, one-on-one technology classes, and independent living skills classes.
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