|Photo: Visual Skills Supervisor Dave Patten demonstrates use of a CCTV|
Low vision affects millions of Americans every year. When glasses, contacts, or surgery doesn’t help, this is usually a sign of low vision. Many factors contribute to low vision, including eye diseases and health conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, diabetes, and glaucoma.
How do I know if I have low vision?
According to the National Eye Institute, if you suffer from any of the below symptoms even with glasses or contacts, you may be suffering from low vision.
- Recognizing the faces of family and friends
- Reading, cooking, sewing, or fixing things around the house
- Selecting and matching the color of your clothes
- Seeing clearly with the lights on or feeling like they are dimmer than normal
- Reading traffic signs or the names of stores
Where can I get help if I’m living with low vision?
VA Palo Alto Health Care System recognizes the importance of providing vision care and low vision rehabilitation care to Veterans. A regular visit to your Optometrist can help to detect any loss in vision.
For Veterans already experiencing low vision, the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC), located at the VAPAHCS Menlo Park Division, is a 27-bed residential facility aimed at helping Veterans with low vision learn ways to adapt to vision loss and manage daily life.
Veterans can receive the necessary skills to Adjust to Sight Loss, or learn how to be more independent in their activities of daily living, computer skills, mobility, and other areas. There is even a program for Family Training.
The Western Blind Rehabilitation Center is an internationally recognized leader in comprehensive vision rehabilitation services by developing and implementing individualized treatment programs, education and research. It addresses the evolving needs of all of our visually impaired Veterans.
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