Visual rehabilitation in India

Clinical Practice
Dr Narendra Kumar shows how both modified eccentric viewing techniques and low vision aids have helped the rehabilitation of some of his low vision patients in India

Eccentric viewing is a strategy that helps people with central vision loss, mostly due to age-related macular degeneration, to read more easily and fluently. It involves the patient learning to look around a central scotoma in order to see detail. It relies on the patient locating a still healthy area of retina around the atrophic macula, and learning to fixate and then read with this new preferred retinal locus.

First, I describe a case of low vision where modified eccentric viewing was introduced as a means of helping visual rehabilitation and then a second case where optical low vision aids were helpful.

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