Published on July 08, 2019

New center helps those with low vision

Many people, especially as they age, struggle with low vision—impaired sight that can’t be corrected with glasses, medication or surgery. Usually an eye disease like macular degeneration or glaucoma is to blame. Low vision can make it hard to recognize faces, walk safely, read a newspaper or do everyday tasks.

If low vision is limiting your life, there’s an important resource nearby: the Low Vision Outpatient Center at Nazareth Hospital. It opened in April of this year.

“We’re here to help you make the most of your remaining vision and regain your independence,” says Erin Kramer, MS, OTR/L, an occupational therapist who specializes in low-vision rehabilitation at the center.

What matters most to you?

Your care at the center will start with what’s called a Low Vision Independence Measure. This self-assessment lets you rate how difficult it is for you to do everyday activities, from signing your name to dialing a phone number and using a stove.

A specialized occupational therapist will use the results to craft a treatment plan that matches your specific needs—and helps you resume the activities that matter most to you.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Optimize your vision with low-vision aids, from high-tech magnifying aids to talking pill bottles.
  • Compensate for your vision by doing things differently—for example, using your other senses, such as hearing or touch.
  • Modify your home to make things safer and easier to use.

“Our goal is to help you live your best life,” Kramer says.