SES is a technique that specifically helps with reading and can be useful for many individuals with low vision, not just those 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.
In patients with bilateral central vision loss EV training may be a viable tool to help people use what remains of their vision.
Clients with central vision loss may find that scanning in an organized fashion allows for greater speed and efficiency when locating obstacles or people in their path of travel, a place to sit in their crowded assisted living dining room, or an item on a grocery store shelf.
Older adults with central vision loss will also benefit from comprehensive home assessments and environmental modifications to increase safety during mobility tasks.
The college believes that all UK patients with central vision loss
should have the opportunity to try the techniques to see if they can benefit.
Winfried Amoaku, of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, said that eccentric viewing could help some patients with central vision loss "cope with everyday tasks such as identifying coins while out shopping, watching television and reading".
All UK patients with central vision loss should have the opportunity to try eccentric viewing techniques to see if they can benefit," he said.
If your life is affected by central vision loss
, they may be able to help you.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) leads to central vision loss
when looking at something directly ahead.
Older adults with central vision loss
caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have no problem with accuracy in performing touch screen tasks, according to a study in the October issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry.