Effect of depression on actual and perceived effects of reading rehabilitation for people with central vision loss
As part of a person-centred low vision and rehabilitation package, eccentric viewing (EV) and steady eye strategy (SES) are practical techniques that can help many people with central vision loss
use their residual vision more effectively.
Systematic scanning strategies should be taught to all individuals with central vision loss
and those with peripheral vision loss, so as to allow objects to be located faster and more efficiently.
We have 86 volunteer trainers, all with central vision loss
themselves, who have trained more than 310 people in their own communities, and our waiting list of nearly 1,200 people grows every day.
This develops into geographic atrophy of the RPE and choriocapillaris, causing severe central vision loss
First, many state and private service agencies required recipients to be legally blind to qualify for Medicare-funded rehabilitation, whereas those with gradually progressing central vision loss
from AMD require vision rehabilitation training long before their vision deteriorates enough to qualify as legal blindness.
CNV occurs when abnormal blood vessels sprout behind the retina, leaking blood and other fluid into the retina and triggering the sudden and severe central vision loss
known as wet AMD.
The chairman of the scientific committee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, Winfried Amoaku, added: "Research studies around the world have shown that eccentric viewing, though a relatively new phenomenon, can help some patients with central vision loss
to cope with everyday tasks such as identifying coins while out shopping, watching television and reading the time.
Each year, approximately 10% of the estimated 13 million people with macular degeneration will suffer severe central vision loss
due to the wet or advanced form, which is characterized by bleeding from ruptured new blood vessels that form under the central part of the retina, called the macula.
Everybody with central vision loss
should be able to access holistic rehabilitation and low vision services, that includes or links with training about eccentric viewing and steady eye techniques if they choose," she said.
OPTOMETRISTS are being urged to take up a charity's advice on handling patients with central vision loss