Low Vision Services for Adults
Low Vision Therapy, Devices, and Services Improve Quality of Life
It’s fundamentally important to understand what low vision is to know what can be done about it. Low vision is the term used to describe significant visual impairment that cannot be fully corrected with any combination of glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery—it affects millions of people nationwide. Learning to live with low vision requires an adjustment to the loss and a knowledge of the devices that could help you use your remaining vision. As part of our low vision services for the blind and visually impaired, our Certified Low Vision Therapists will work with you to find assistive devices and help learn techniques that will enable you to use any remaining vision.
“[Bob], thank you for meeting with me today. I’ve learned a lot from you. Many of these devices I didn’t know existed. They certainly will help me with my vision but just as importantly they will help reduce this constant feeling of lonely isolation. Paradoxically (my 50-cent word for today), I feel loneliest and most isolated when I’m among a group of people.”
Explore the wide range of high quality optical, non-optical and electronic devices that can improve visual performance. Proper eyeglasses, magnifying devices, reading stands, the proper use of lighting, and re-positioning of work material can reduce strain and fatigue.
FUNCTIONAL VISION ASSESSMENT
When glasses no longer help, magnification devices, lighting, and techniques might. A Functional Vision Assessment performed by a Low Vision Therapist will help you learn about equipment and resources so that you can use your remaining vision to its greatest potential.
LOW VISION THERAPY AND TRAINING
Our Low Vision Therapy helps individuals with a mild, moderate and severe visual impairment learn to use the proper low vision devices, low vision techniques and low vision technologies that can improve their quality of life. For activities in the home, on the go, at school or for a job, a wide range of resources could be helpful.
Most services are best provided at the Carroll Center where we have an extensive range of devices and technologies. Other options may be available so please contact us to see how we can accommodate your needs.
NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY (NECO) CENTER FOR EYE CARE
This clinic offers the full spectrum of low vision care and rehabilitation by NECO Optometrists, Alexis Malkin, OD, FAAO, Nicole Ross, OD, MSc, FAAO and Alicia Donahue, OD. Dr. Ross, an optometrist with a specialty in low vision, provides patients with cutting-edge assistive and adaptive technologies and rehabilitative services. Dr. Malkin brings with her a strong background in integrating technology into activities of daily living, school-related goals and the vocational setting. Dr. Donahue specializes in delivering vision rehabilitation services and working with children and adults who have visual, physical and cognitive disabilities.