WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE ALREADY LOST SOME VISION FROM AMD
Dr. Jim Martin 02/18/2016
Being diagnosed with AMD can be a frightening experience. As you begin to lose your vision, it is important to address the problem as soon as possible.
If you have already begun to lose vision due to AMD, it is important to find a specialist in your area who treats low vision. A specialist will be able to create a plan for you, as well as prescribe any adaptive technologies or equipment needed.
Adaptive Technologies For Low Vision
Research and choose adaptive technologies and equipment to help with low vision. Some items may include:
- Stand or Handheld Magnifiers - Magnifiers are used to increase the size of type you are reading by up to 20 times. Magnifiers are available to hold by hand, on mounted stands, or to lie down and move over text.
- Spectacle Mount Magnifiers - These are specifically prescribed by low vision specialists. These magnifiers mount onto spectacles and are used to enlarge images hands free. You are able to remove these when necessary.
- Reading Machines with Voice Output - Through the development of OCR (Optical Character Recognition), computers can now be turned into personal readers. Text is scanned in the computer, which then reads the text out loud to the listener. There are also standalone scanner devices that do not require a computer.
- Absorptive Lens - These lenses can be directly attached to your current prescription glasses and help to filter out light. This will help you transition from light to dark much more smoothly, increase contrast, and reduce glare.
- Video Magnifiers - CCTVS are created as stand units that can project enlarged images on a screen. These can be found in black and white and color models, and can be used for reading, crafting, writing, and a variety of other tasks.
It is important to remember that just because you are losing your vision does not mean you need to give up doing the things you love. Through adaptive technologies, patients with vision loss are still able to have full and active lives that involve reading and other activities.
If you suffer from macular degeneration and live in the Amarillo area, contact Broome Optical today for a consultation.