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January 1972

The Low Vision Patient: Clinical Experience With Adultsand Children.

Arch Intern Med. 1972;129(1):146. doi:10.1001/archinte.1972.00320010150027

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"Low vision patients" are those who, after conventional eye care, have a disability due to decreased vision. They form a large group, generally intermediate between normal and blind (but with overlapping at both ends). In recent years, specialized examination procedures and corrective devices have been developed to minimize the disability; in particular, many persons with severely impaired visual acuity can be enabled to read.

This volume by the medical director of the low-vision clinic at the Lighthouse (New York Association for the Blind) utilizes the huge amount of material seen there. It includes basic information, methods of history-taking, examination, evaluation of the patient, and prescription and fitting of various types of low-vision aids. There are lists of available aids and supplementary materials with sources of supply, in addition to descriptions of various patients and disease processes, and results of failures in the form of statistical tables and analysis. Suggestions and

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