What specialized services are available to help with visual impairment?

There are many specialized services available to help the visually impaired. Some services you may use include reading and writing Braille, use a computer with Braille or a voice synthesizer, using a GPS device, or using a dog guide or long cane for walking with confidence.

When vision loss or blindness happens, specialized services can enable you to keep your independence instead of giving up for fear of falling or getting lost. With Americans living longer than before, vision loss is a reality for many people. Knowing about available services and how they can help those with vision impairment is important for acceptance.

It's very likely that within your lifetime you or someone you love will become blind or severely visually impaired. It’s estimated that 10 million Americans have difficulty seeing -- a number that is skyrocketing and expected to double by the year 2030. Even so, most people have a fear of blindness and don’t fully understand how it might impact them. Specialized services allow blind people to receive an effective education and learn the survival necessary to be part of the family and community. Without specialized services, people can risk losing their independence and their dignity.

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Visual Impairments

Optical issues with the eye are quite common, possibly because we started as cavemen who did not have to read tiny letters on a computer screen as you may be doing right now. Conditions that may be corrected with optics include as...

tigmatism, near and far sightedness and some forms of visual field distortion. Some eyes have trouble seeing color the way other's do. This is called color blindness, and is more common in men. As we age there are common diseases and concerns including cataracts and glaucoma. Having diabetes can make you more likely to develop retinopathy, when blood vessels in the retina break and leak into the eye. Some conditions may lead to partial or total blindness. Legal blindness is a legal term more than a medical one, but meeting the standard for legal blindness can qualify you for special help.

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