People who have low vision are often active self-advocates, looking for ways to enhance their ability to live in a world that is more visual than it has ever been. From smartphones to tablets to computers to navigation systems, everyone is required to constantly use their eyes to gather information about the world.
As optometrists, we play an important role in improving the visual efficiency and quality of life of our AMD patients. You don’t need to be in a full-time low vision practice to help these patients. As I will explain in this article, with the knowledge you already have, a little bit of time and patience, and a small investment in a “survival kit” of basic low vision aids (see below), you’ll have all the tools you need to make a tremendous difference in the lives of these patients.
I hadn’t seen the Rockettes in more than 20 years—somehow my Jewish family didn’t see this as a priority—but a friend (who’s also a staff member) invited me to go last year. I ended up getting a lot more out of it than entertainment.
If you ask doctors why they practice low vision, you’ll probably get answers like “helping people,” “serving the community” or “providing a service that no one else does.” Very few will answer “to make money.” In fact, when I ask doctors why they don’t practice low vision, the answer I most frequently hear is, “I can’t do it and be profitable.”