Low Vision Therapy

Few people classified as "blind" actually experience total vision loss. Instead, they have various levels of eyesight remaining and can experience significant improvements to their quality of life through low vision therapy—the application of everything from magnifying glasses to higher-tech equipment like software and other adaptive apparatus.

A low-vision therapist is an optometrist or ophthalmologist who specializes in examining and diagnosing conditions that affect eyesight but cannot be corrected by conventional means like glasses or contact lenses or even surgery. They usually work as part of a team that includes occupational therapists and mobility/orientation specialists to help a patient make the best use of their remaining vision.

A one-year post-graduate clinical residency is required for this specialty.

For more information, visit AOA.org, or the ACVREP or The Low Vision Gateway websites.