WHAT TYPE OF THINGS ARE “VISUAL AIDS”?
Visual aids may be special optical lenses, telescopes, magnifiers, visors, filters, reading stands, lamps, large print, or many other devices that improve a low vision patient’s visual performance.
However, standard spectacle corrections may be one type of aid, most visual aids can be very different, and may involve some compromise and adaption by the low vision patient. For example: The visual aid may be more encumbering than spectacles, or reading material may have to be held very close. The degree of compromise varies with each low vision patient. Most people will readily adapt to an aid that provides some measure of improved visual performance.
WILL LOW VISION AIDS CURE MY VISION?
No! Using visual aids will not affect the health of your eyes, thus visual aids will not cause your eye problem to get better or worse. Low vision aids do not cure or restore your vision to normal sight, but you should perform visual tasks better while using the aids.
WHAT LIGHTING IS BEST FOR PEOPLE WITH LOW VISION?
The proper degree of light may vary between various forms of vision loss. Some people may find they prefer dimmer illumination. More importantly, the light source you select should by positioned to reduce glare. Typically, the least amount of glare is from a light positioned over either shoulder.