Low vision rehabilitation, or visual rehabilitation, is focused on people who have a vision impairment that cannot be corrected by normal means like eyeglasses, contact lenses and even surgeries. Rehabilitation allows a person to lead an independent life by working on functional abilities that lessen dependency from other individuals.
There are different centers and organizations that assist people with visual impairment and provide rehabilitation support. These groups can provide education and training in areas such as:
- Assistive and adaptive technologies;
- Use of optical and non-optical aids;
- Daily Living skills;
- Orientation and mobility training.
It is estimated that there are about 3.5 to 5 million Americans who fall under the categorization of visually impaired, of which almost 1 million are medically blind. Low vision or visual impairment can be a real challenge for individuals to conduct day-to-day tasks like driving, walking, reading, and other basic duties. Not only is the performance of such activities limiting for those who are visually impaired, but enjoyment of everyday activities is lost as well.
There are many reasons why low vision rehabilitation can be extremely helpful with everyday living activities. Anyone who has difficulties with any of the following tasks can benefit from low vision rehabilitation:
- Reading mail, bills or labels on medicine bottles;
- Recognizing the faces of family and friends;
- Reading print in newspapers, magazines or books;
- Watching TV or using the computer;
- Reading your own handwriting;
- Signing your name on a line or check.
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