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Adults with low vision

Low vision affects every aspect of someone’s life, from the ability to prepare food to recognising friends’ faces. Older people with low vision are more likely to be depressed and to fall. The primary aim of low vision services is to enable people with loss of vision to regain or maintain as much independence and autonomy as possible. Low vision services achieve this through a wide range of tools depending on individuals needs including: rehabilitation, visual aids, emotional support and advice.

The Commissioning better eye care: Adults with low vision guidance from The College of Optometrists and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is to help those designing and commissioning eye care to improve the value of their services.


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