What kind of help is available for low vision?

Although you are not quite blind, you have extreme difficulty seeing because of low vision. Whether your condition was caused by a congenital defect such as a problem with an optic nerve, or it is the result of glaucoma or other eye issues, you have trouble performing daily tasks and even working.

After a trip to the doctor, you were diagnosed with low vision. You have this condition if you have partial sight, your vision is between 20/70 and 20/200 with corrective lenses, or you are legally blind.

You Don’t Have to Live Life in the Dark: Help Is Available

Although some sight disorders that cause low vision can be treated, not all can. In these cases, the visual impairment is permanent. However, a variety of aids are available that may be able to offer help, including:

  • Lenses that filter light
  • Reading prisms
  • Telescopic glasses
  • Hand-held and freestanding magnifiers
  • Closed-circuit television/video magnification

In addition to these aids, a variety of other helpful devices are available to make tasks more manageable, such as:

  • Large-print publications
  • Check writing guides
  • Books on DVD/audiocassette
  • High-contrast clocks and watches
  • Phones, watches, and clocks with large numbers
  • Talking watches and clocks

Have You Thought About Social Security Benefits?

The Social Security Administration doesn’t have a specific disability listing for low vision, but it does recognize vision loss or blindness. Benefits may cover loss of central visual acuity, loss of visual efficiency, and loss of peripheral vision, but you must have poor vision in both eyes. So, it is possible to receive benefits for low vision. If you have questions or concerns regarding the application process for receiving these benefits, or you have already been turned down, the lawyers of Johnson and Gilbert may be able to help. Contact us today at 800.556.8890 to learn more.