What can be done to help people with low vision?

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Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision compensate for their vision loss, much as rehabilitation helps people with heart disease, arthritis and stroke. You can learn new strategies to complete daily activities. By mastering new techniques and devices, you can regain confidence and live independently in spite of vision loss.

This can be a challenging and frustrating period of adjustment — one that requires patience, practice, motivation and the support of your doctor, low vision specialist, family and friends. Yet the reward can be invaluable: being able to function better in your daily life.

The amount of rehabilitation needed depends on your vision loss and what you want to be able to do.

A team approach is often best and may involve some or all of these professionals: ophthalmologist, low vision specialist, occupational therapist, rehabilitation teacher, orientation and mobility specialist, social worker and counselor.

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