Low Vision Aids

The term “low vision” refers to vision loss that is severe enough to affect the ability to perform every day, routine tasks.

Individuals affected by ‘low vision’ are unable to have their vision corrected to normal by conventional eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery. They may experience overall blurred vision, loss of central vision or loss of peripheral (side) vision.

Low vision can result from specific eye disorders, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy to name a few.

The Department of Low Vision Aid Services makes a determination of how the affected persons use vision in their work and day-to-day activities.

Various optical aids are demonstrated to determine which low vision aids will be beneficial in performing the specific tasks at work or at home. After the aids are identified, training is provided on the proper use and care of the equipment.

There are many different products available for people with low vision. So it is important to assist in the selection of an appropriate device.

Examples of low vision aids include reading magnifiers, high-intensity lamps for hands- free tasks, such as writing or stitching, small telescopes for distance viewing and Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) for magnifying printed material onto a television or computer screen.