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Book and Software Review
August 1998

The Low Vision Handbook

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by Barbara Brown, CO, COMT, MEd, 176 pp, with illus, $30, Thorofare, NJ, Slack Inc, 1997.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(8):1135. doi:

Low vision rehabilitation is a relatively new field, and until the mid 1970s there were few resources for eye care practitioners interested in providing this service for their visually impaired patients. This book, although less than 200 pages, introduces in reasonable detail many of the topics the low vision care provider needs to be familiar with.

It begins with a good definition of low vision and the provider's responsibilities of low vision care. The reader is then introduced to descriptions and characteristics of the various optical aids and how the principles of magnification apply to each device. Unfortunately, omitted from this chapter are special-design lenses, such as high-add bifocals available as fused lenses in an executive style or in styles by Designs for Vision Inc.

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