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Posted on 12-12-2016

In their Guidelines for Low Vision the American Academy of Ophthalmology states  "Referring low-vision patients (those with visual acuities less than 20/40 or scotomas, field loss or contrast loss) to vision rehabilitation services connects them with services that lessen the impact of their vision loss and improves their independence and quality of life."  The Guidelines goes on to say that "Provision of, or referral to, vision rehabilitation is now the standard of care for all who experience vision loss."  An accompanying video shows how persons with low vision benefit from help from a low vision optometrists and occupational therapists.

This important new Standard of Care means that your doctor should no longer tell you that nothing more can be done.  If the doctor does not provide vision rehabilitation services you should be referred or directed to someone who does.  Referral to a low vision optometrist is the first step to be sure that your vision is maximized and then you may benefit from the help of an occupational therapist.

If you are told that nothing can be done ask your doctor about vision rehabilitation.

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