What is Low Vision?
A variety of eye conditions including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and changes after stroke can cause low vision. Difficulties with vision can impact the ability to complete daily activities. An Occupational therapist can assist with low vision by teaching new skills, modifying environment in order to prevent accident and promote a healthy and satisfying lifestyle.
Symptoms of Low Vision
Double or blurred vision
Loss of central vision
Loss of peripheral vision
Loss of contrast sensitivity
Resources for Low Vision
American Council of the Blind
Provides services to blind and visually impaired individuals and publishes a magazine, “The ACB Braille Forum,” every other month, which is available at www.acb.org and in braille, large print, digital cartridge, podcast and e-mail.
American Foundation for the Blind
Phone: (212) 502-7600
Web site: www.afb.org
Publishes “Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness,” a peer-reviewed magazine that includes information and original research; advocates for policies that promote accessibility and ensure equality and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired; advocates for older adults experiencing vision loss; speaks up for children who are blind or visually impaired to make sure they have the resources they need, including textbooks and classroom materials; and publishes “AccessWorld®” magazine monthly, which contains a wide variety of information, including commentary, news blasts, product reviews, and trends in information technology and visual impairment.
Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library
Phone: (414) 286-3045
Toll-free within Wisconsin: (800) 242-8822
As part of a national network cooperating with the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (NLS), the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) provides audiobooks and Brailled materials to persons, living in Wisconsin, who cannot read or use regular print materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations. In addition, WTBBL also circulates audiobooks and braille materials about Wisconsin or by Wisconsin authors, as well as audio-described DVDs.
Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Mental Health and Low Vision
Researchers have found close links between eye health and mental health. People with vision impairments often develop mental health problems like anxiety and depression because of the stress of living with their condition. People with mental health problems are also more likely to develop vision issues later in life.