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Low Vision Aids

Low vision aid clinic offers rehabilitative services in the form of various optical magnifiers, telescopes, and electronic low vision aids to help patients with low vision.

If properly motivated, these patients can potentially benefit with the use of special aids or devices called ‘Low Vision Aids’ for their day-to-day work.

What is ‘Low Vision’ ?

A person is said to have ‘Low Vision’, if he or she has a significant visual handicap in spite of treatment and best correction with standard eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Such people have significant residual vision but it is insufficient to meet the routine needs.

What are the causes of
‘Low Vision’ ?

Low vision can result from

  • Birth defects
  • Inherited diseases
  • Injuries
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • High myopia and
  • Ageing-The commonest cause is Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD).

Is it a visual handicap ?

Visual handicap may be produced by various kinds of visual impairments

  • Reduced central vision produces difficulty in reading, watching television and recognizing faces.
  • Loss of peripheral vision reduces mobility.
  • Increased glare sensitivity causes difficulty in driving.
  • Impaired color vision results in difficulty in distinguishing different colors.

What are ‘Low Vision Aid's ?

A ‘Low Vision Aid’ (LVA) is a device or an apparatus that improves or enhances the residual vision in patients with low vision.

Different devices are needed to fulfill different needs of various patients.

Services available for patients with Low Vision

At Kashyap Memorial Eye Hospital, a complete eye examination of patients with low vision is performed by ophthalmologists.

Once the cause of low vision is determined, patients try out different low vision aids in a special low “Vision Aids Clinic”.

According to the needs of the patient, the most suitable low vision device or devices are determined and then prescribed for the patient.

Low Vision Aids assist many patients in leading a comfortable and relatively normal life.

With these devices and proper motivation, people with visual loss can often read, do modified close-up work, and continue to take good care of themselves.