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Here are some answers to several frequently asked questions about our services for the blind and visually impaired:
YES! In fact, a majority of our clients have some usable vision and many of our services are available for those with low vision. Our services, whether in your home or at our facility, help you not only acquire the skills to be independent but also help you adjust to life with low or no vision.
A complete Low Vision exam determines visual functioning under various conditions and how it affects daily activity. The doctor or therapist may recommend visual aids such as high-powered glasses or magnifiers that will assist in various tasks. Often a person can be helped with very simple devices by adding stronger lighting to their environment, improving contrast and making other simple adjustments. In the case of low vision training – it is important to be individually evaluated by an experienced professional.
The definition of legal blindness is a bureaucratic definition, signaling that a person is sufficiently visually disabled to receive benefits. Very few people who are legally blind ever lose all vision. As a matter of fact, most people retain a surprising degree of partial sight.
We invite anyone who is struggling with vision loss and their family or friends to visit our center by attending one of our monthly information days, or arranging for a private tour. If you live a distance away, our Director of Admissions will meet with you in your home. We can help determine the best program for you based on your needs and goals. Our programs are often funded through State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, Workman’s Compensation Insurance or private pay.
The Carroll Center has programs for all ages and stages of vision loss. Our adult rehabilitation programs support persons ages 18 and older; our education and youth programs are offered for children ages 2 and up.