Low Vision Program

Low vision is a visual impairment – not correctable by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery – that interferes with a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. Low vision can result from a variety of diseases and injuries that affect the eye. Many people with low vision have age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy.

The Low Vision Department works to educate the visually-impaired client through a series of programs that provide “tools” to enhance visual functioning. Although the eyes may not be repairable, learning techniques to enhance visual functioning is the key to success.

Classes include:

Assessment of Low Vision Need includes
• Eccentric Viewing Training
• Dynamic of Vision Loss

Other services offered:
• Optical aid and device training (how to properly use):
• Hand-held and stand magnifiers
• Half eye glasses, microscope, computer glasses
• Telescopic lenses, telescopes
• Electronic magnification

If a low vision evaluation is needed and clients do not have a current Optometrist, a low vision evaluation is offered at the Lighthouse of SWFL.

From reading glasses, hand-held illuminated or non-illuminated magnifiers, to Closed Circuit Televisions, the center has the most current Assistive Technology available. Please call for an appointment to come in, compare and evaluate different brands, types and models in a relaxed environment.