What Is low vision?
Low Vision is best described as insufficient usable vision to accomplish the task of daily living, even after conventional treatments such as medication, eyeglasses or surgery. These tasks can include reading, setting a thermostat, writing a check, seeing the dials on a stove, phone or appliance, or simply watching television.
Is Low Vision The Same as being Blind?
No! Blindness is the total lack of vision. Unfortunately, many people become confused because the government uses the term legally blind, and that term is often applied to people who have some usable vision. Because the word ‘blind’ is used to describe most legally blind people, they are often mistaken for someone totally without sight. People with low vision can use their sight, unlike a totally blind person. For someone with low vision, the degree of usable sight will vary from person to person. If you have sight and function as a sighted person, the recommendation is that the word blind be avoided in any form except where absolutely necessary for legal reasons such as government benefits.
What is the function of The Low Vision Center of Eastern Connecticut
The Lions Low Vision Center of Eastern Connecticut is staffed by a licensed optician who dispenses low vision Aids and trains individuals to use these devices which are designed to enhance remaining vision. The licensed optician will counsel families, professional staff, and clients, as well as employers. The critical components of good Low Vision care involve a comprehensive low vision evaluation coupled with proper dispensing and training in the use of low vision devices. Follow–up visits ensure that the devices are being used correctly, and serve to maintain liaison between the individual, the family, the referring ophthalmologist, and our low vision licensed optician. With ongoing support from the Lions of District 23-C and our clients, we offer these services to anyone who has low vision but is not legally blind.