Low Vision Therapy for Glaucoma Patients

Sheila Pabon, Janet S. Sunness, Mona A. Kaleem

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Abstract

Purpose of the Review: The purpose of the present article is to describe the evaluation and treatment processes for glaucoma patients with functional challenges related to their vision. Recent Findings: Studies of glaucoma patients demonstrate a decline in the ability to perform vision-related activities. Low vision therapy has proven to have a positive impact for many of these patients. We review the most recent literature in this area and also report on the characteristics of glaucoma patients enrolled in low vision services. Summary: Glaucoma is a significant cause of visual impairment and blindness. Low vision rehabilitation complements traditional medical and surgical care by working with patients to identify losses in and improve functionality. A battery of testing to assess visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, visual field, psychological well-being, and ambulation is performed in order to categorize deficits in vision-related tasks. Training and education on the use of visual aids have helped many patients improve independent function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Ophthalmology Reports
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Evaluation
  • Glaucoma
  • Low vision
  • Quality of life
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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