If you’re at the stage where vision loss is affecting your ability to perform day-to-day tasks, and glasses and treatments are no longer helping, you can learn about new tools and techniques for living your best life. With Low Vision Rehabilitation, vision loss doesn’t mean giving up on the things you love, but rather learning a new way of doing them.
If you’re having difficulty:
- Reading the newspaper, books or magazines,
- Processing the mail and paying bills,
- Watching TV or using a smart phone or device,
- Recognizing faces of family and friends,
Low Vision Rehabilitation service can help you succeed as it offers empowering news ways and tools to do things.
How Low Vision Rehabilitation Service Works
A Low Vision Rehabilitation appointment includes a personalized one-on-one appointment with a certified Low Vision Specialist. There’s just three easy steps to be on your way to maintaining greater independence.
- First, have your eye doctor complete a doctor referral form to submit to an organization like Braille Institute – the Low Vision Specialist will need to see your vision acuity stats and current prescription. The doctor referral form is available on the Braille Institute website.
- Schedule a Low Vision Rehabilitation appointment – consultations are free at Braille Institute.
- Bring any glasses, magnifiers or tools you’re currently using along with examples of things you like to read or any of your hobbies to your appointment.
During the consultation, a Low Vision Specialist will work with you to provide a comprehensive evaluation of your individual abilities, challenges, and goals:
- Assessment and training using the most current optical and non-optical aids to increase your independence in activities like reading, writing, and watching TV
- Lighting and glare filter assessments
- Education and training to maximize the use of your remaining vision
- Family/caregiver education and training
- Tips and techniques to increase your independence in everyday activities such as signing your name on a line
- Suggestions for other available Braille Institute resources such as hands-on technology training, our audio book library service, and orientation and mobility
training to help you travel safely
- Communication back to your physician or eye doctor
Many people wait and miss out on getting the low vision support needed – don’t! To learn more, or to schedule a FREE one-on-one Low Vision Rehabilitation appointment with one of our Low Vision Specialists, call now 1-800-BRAILLE (272-4553).