How does low-vision rehabilitation at home improve vision in some veterans?

Visual impairment or low vision is one of the 10 most common causes of disability among Americans. For veterans with low vision, the VA provides rehabilitation at home that has been shown to improve their situation. The low vision rehabilitation serves to boost functional ability, as the person learns to do everyday tasks that are hindered by the visual impairment.

According to a study reported in the journal Archives of Ophthalmology, the veteran rehab problem includes home visits, counseling, low-vision assistive devices, and even homework assignments to improve vision, particularly those with macula diseases. After just four months, 64 veterans in the rehab treatment group experienced noticeable improvement in all parts of visual function, including the ability to read. The 62 veterans that did not receive home rehabilitation for visual impairment, declined in both vision and functional ability over four months.
Without rehabilitation, low vision among veterans adds to feelings of depression and results in injury and a decline in health.

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