Blindness and Low Vision Solutions
What is Vision Loss?
Vision loss can range from simply needing a pair of reading glasses to total blindness. The amount of loss and what can be done about it will vary from person to person, so let’s start with understanding the terminology. Vision loss is exactly what it sounds like. A loss of vision or the visual field (how far from side to side you can see). It can be caused by illness, disease, accident, injury, genetics, and aging as well as a variety of other reasons. Below are some of the most common conditions that people will use assistive technology to improve vision.
Glaucoma is an eye condition that can be caused by too much pressure from fluid in the eye. This pressure can damage the optic nerve and cause loss of sight.
Macular degeneration (AMD or Age Related Macular Degeneration) occurs when the center of the retina is damaged, causing the vision in the center of your eye to blur or darken.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that can impair vision. More than half of all Americans age 65 and older have cataracts in their eyes.
High blood sugar can damage blood vessels in the retina, and when they are damaged, they can leak fluid or bleed. This causes the retina to swell and form deposits. Over time these deposits can form scar tissue that can cause the retina to detach within the eye. This can lead to vision loss and eventually blindness if left untreated. Diabetics are 25 times more likely to lose vision than those who are not diabetic.
Please remember that this is not a comprehensive list. There are too many eye conditions and diseases to list here. If you have changes in your vision or concerns about your vision, please consult your eye care professional.
Assistive Technology for Blindness and Low Vision
Low Vision Product Solutions
- Handheld Video Magnifiers
- Optical Magnifiers
- Computer Magnification
- Video magnifiers that plug into a monitor
- Video Magnification Systems (CCTV’s)
Blindness Products Solutions
- Braille Technology
- Independent Living Aids
- Navigation and Mobility Tools
- Scanning and Reading Technology
- Screen Readers