Low Vision

This section offers resources on low vision, including links that explain the examination, low vision assessment, assistive aids and devices, rehabilitation services, and advice for adjusting to vision loss.
Below is a list of topics you'll find in this section. Click on a title to jump to a specific topic:
For suggestions on adapting your home and general tips for living with Low Vision, see the section on Independent Living Skills.

Low Vision: Introduction

California Department of Education
Definitions, causes, devices, assessment, and resources on low vision.
International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation
Comprehensive information on low vision, including definitions, information on the visual system, causes of visual impairment, overview of low vision devices, and employment considerations.
Information on low vision, visual acuity, legal blindness, light perception, light projection, total blindness, and reading with low vision optical devices.
A Number of Things
Blogger Erin shares a thorough and honest, explanation of her low vision experience, and goes beyond ophthalmic explanations into real day-to-day life with visual impairment. She includes many photographs that illustrate how she views her environment.
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
Definitions, causes and diagnoses of low vision; Website available in English and French.
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
Low vision terminology, information on environmental influences, demographics, and common causes of low vision.

Low Vision Aids and Devices

Family Connect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Description of general, near-, and distance-vision optical devices, nonoptical aids, and instruction in their use.
Vision Australia
The menu lists articles that describe the wealth of vision aids, assistive technology, and devices available for people with low vision or blindness.
Low Vision Online
Basic non-optical improvements that can help to make effective use of vision. Includes ideas to ease of reading and writing for a person with low vision.
Low Vision Online
Information on using optical devices when reading.
Descriptions of non-optical devices, such as flexible-arm task lamps, full spectrum light bulbs, closed circuit televisions (CCTVs), and much more.

Low Vision Examination

Advice for seniors on the low vision examination, questions to be prepared for, low vision aids likely to be prescribed, and services that help after diagnosis.

Low Vision Rehabilitation Services

Explains the role and services of low vision specialists, and the value of their assistance for children with visual impairments.
Future Reflections, Summer 1992
Explains the offerings of low vision programs and gives pointers on getting the best services for your child.
National Federation of the Blind (NFB)
Large-print information for adults experiencing vision loss due to diabetes.

Low Vision Rehabilitation Services: History

Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, 98(10), 2004
Reviews the history of low vision services in the United States, and speculates about the shape of services in the coming years.

Web-Based Organizations and Internet Resources

Contains links to articles, publications and reports on low vision.
A low vision teacher shares her slides and teaching materials on vision screening and in occupational health; available in multiple languages.
National Eye Institute (NEI)
Low vision information for consumers; includes photos and images, and links to eye health organizations.
NIH Senior Health
Resources for vision loss, blindness, low vision aids, and rehabilitation services.
Videos, webinars and audio recordings for older adults with low vision