Vision and Blindness
This section offers resources on low vision, including links that explain the examination, low vision assessment, assistive aids and devices, rehabilitation services, and advice for adjusting to vision loss.
Below is a list of topics you'll find in this section. Click on a title to jump to a specific topic:
- Low Vision: Introduction
- Low Vision Aids and Devices
- Low Vision Examination
- Low Vision Rehabilitation Services
- Organizations and Resources to Explore: Low Vision
- Research: Low Vision
For suggestions on adapting your home and general tips for living with Low Vision, see the section on Independent Living Skills.
All About Low Vision, Lighthouse International
Describes some of the most common causes of low vision.
Low Vision Information, California Department of Education
Definitions, causes, devices, assessment, and resources on low vision.
Low Vision Library: About Low Vision, Center for the Partially Sighted
Definitions of low and normal vision, causes and symptoms of vision loss, central field loss, multiple field loss, tunnel vision, contrast loss and glare problems.
Low Vision, International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation
Definitions, information on the visual system, causes of visual impairment, overview of low vision devices, and employment considerations.
Low Vision Terms, VisionAWARE
Information on low vision, visual acuity, legal blindness, light perception, light projection, total blindness, and reading with low vision optical devices.
Specific Eye Conditions with Corresponding Adaptations/Considerations, CampAbilities
A table listing eye conditions and their considerations, requirements, and appropriate adaptations.
“Understanding (My) Low Vision”
Blogger "Erin," of the site A Number of Things shares a thorough, and honest, explanation of her low vision experience, and goes beyond ophthalmic explanations into real day-to-day life with visual impairment.
What is Low Vision? Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
Definitions, causes and diagnoses of low vision; available in English and French.
What You Need to Know About Low Vision, American Foundation for the Blind
Low vision terminology, information on environmental influences, demographics, and common causes of low vision.
Low Vision Devices: An Overview, Family Connect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Description of general, near-, and distance-vision optical devices, nonoptical aids, and instruction in their use.
Magnifiers and Distance Vision Aids, Vision Australia
Fact sheets that describe the uses of various vision aids.
Non-Optical Devices, Low Vision Online
Basic non-optical improvements that can help to make effective use of vision. Includes ideas to ease of reading and writing for a person with low vision.
Reading with Low Vision Optical Devices, VisionAWARE
Information on using optical devices when reading.
What Are the Most Common Low Vision Non-Optical Devices? VisionAWARE
Descriptions of non-optical devices, such as flexible-arm task lamps, full spectrum light bulbs, closed circuit televisions (CCTVs), and much more.
The Low Vision Exam: What to Expect, American Foundation for the Blind—Senior Site
Advice for seniors on the low vision examination, low vision aids likely to be prescribed, and services.
What is a Low Vision Examination? VisionAWARE
Preparing for a low vision examination; what to expect in the vision specialist's exam chair.
The History and Future of Low Vision Services in the United States, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
Reviews the history of low vision services in the United States, and speculates about the shape of services in the coming years.
Low Vision Services: An Overview, Family Connect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Explains the services of low vision specialists and the value of the services and devices for children with visual impairments.
On Becoming a Wise Consumer of Low Vision Services, National Federation of the Blind—Future Reflections
Explains the offerings of low vision programs and gives pointers on getting the best services for your child.
The Unofficial Guide to Low Vision Services, National Federation of the Blind
Large-print information on diabetes and vision loss.
The Center for the Partially Sighted
Contains links to articles, publications and reports on low vision.
Lea Hyvärinen's Homepage
A low vision teacher shares her slides and teaching materials on vision screening and in occupational health; available in multiple languages.
Low Vision, NERCVE (Northeast Regional Center for Vision Education)
Multimedia presentation on basic eye anatomy; includes links to useful websites.
The Low Vision Gateway
Resources for vision loss, blindness, low vision aids, and rehabilitation services.
PAVE: Providing Access to the Visual Environment
Provides comprehensive clinical low vision services, optical devices, and instruction to children ages 3-21.
Living with Low Vision, Blindskills, Inc.
Doctors and rehabilitation specialists in California are creating a cooperative association to ensure that patients get the best information and service.
The Legibility of Typefaces for Readers with Low Vision: A Research Review, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
A systematic review of research evidence on typeface characteristics and their impact on legibility for adult readers with low vision.