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Treatment for Visual Impairment

Using special low vision aids can help you do the things you need and want to do. They can help improve your quality of life, and help you stay independent. There are many kinds of low vision aids available. VA low vision and visual impairment treatment centers and some eye doctors provide these aids and will train you to use them effectively. They will discuss your eye condition with you, talk with you about the importance of proper lighting, as well as review ways to help control glare.

Working with Your Eye Doctor

Your eye doctor will check your eyes and help you get the low vision aids that will work best for you. Or, he or she may refer you to a low vision specialist (an eye doctor who is specially trained in visual impairment). You’ll most likely have glasses prescribed for you, too. Many low vision aids are designed to be used along with glasses. Be sure to wear your glasses as directed.

Low Vision Aids

Closeup of hands dialing large-button telephone.
Vision aids, such as a large-button telephone, can help with everyday tasks.

There are many aids to help you see better and make day-to-day living easier. These include:

  • High-power glasses or glasses with clip-on magnifying loops

  • Handheld magnifiers

  • Check writing guides

  • Large print numbers for telephones

  • Talking alarm clocks and computers

  • Closed-circuit TV systems

  • Handheld or glasses-mounted telescopes

  • Large-print books, newspapers, magazines, and playing cards

Proper Lighting

  • Use a portable light with an adjustable arm. Place it close to what you’re reading or doing.

  • Sit with your back near a window during the day. At night, make sure there is plenty of lighting in the room.

  • Try a visor, a hat with a brim, or special-filtered lenses to reduce glare from lighting or the sun.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 5/1/2018
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