Low Vision & Rehabilitation

The goal of our Low Vision and Rehabilitation Services is to enable people with low vision to improve their ability to use their remaining vision so they can be independent and better able to meet the demands of everyday living.

Our Low Vision and Rehabilitation Services provide a comprehensive range of vision rehabilitation services, including:

  • Assessment, prescription, instruction and rehabilitation by low vision specialist.
  • Provision of low vision tools and equipment and training on their use.
  • Orientation and mobility training.
  • Home/school/office environment assessment.
  • Follow-up: ensuring compliance with prescription and good care of the correction, repair or replacement of spectacles if needed.
  • Information and referral for medical, social, educational, and vocational services
  • Linking to low vision resources and support groups.
  • Counselling and referral to other speciality clinics.

What Is Low Vision?

Low Vision is not the same as blindness.  People with low vision still have some useful vision except it cannot be totally restored by conventional glasses, contact lenses, medical treatment, or surgery. However, low vision interferes with daily activities such as reading, seeing distant objects, differentiating colours and driving.

What are the major causes of low vision?

Low vision can be due to an injury, heredity, aging, or disease. Some of the most common causes of low vision are glaucoma, macular degeneration, trauma, diabetic retinopathy, optic atrophy, retinitis pigmentosa, retinal detachment, and stroke. Regardless of the cause of low vision, we offer patients options that will enable them to use their vision to its fullest potential.

Categories/Patterns of vision loss


Overall blur: This causes difficulty seeing details and judging distance as well as problems with glare, shades of color and poor contrast sensitivity.

Central vision loss: This causes blurry vision, difficulty seeing details and maintaining direct eye contact, and loss of color discrimination.

Peripheral vision loss: Restricted side vision, decreased spatial awareness (bumping and stumbling into objects) and decreased visual efficiency.

Cortical visual impairment (CVI): Due to brain damage, also called cerebral visual impairment or cortical blindness. It is vision loss that is caused by damage to the pathways between the eye and the brain and the specific parts of the brain responsible for vision. In many cases, people with CVI have completely normal eyes. Can cause blurry vision, visual field loss, visual neglect, oculo-motor difficulty, visual perception difficulty, and poor co-ordination of visual information with other senses.

Some symptoms of low vision

*Difficulty recognizing faces
*Difficulty reading prints
*Difficulty reading price tags and labels.
*Difficulty reading street signs, numbers on buses and train.
*Mobility difficulty.
*Difficulty crossing the road especially in busy traffic.
*Glare sensitivity,

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