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September 1972

Correction of Subnormal Vision

Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;88(3):352-353. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000030354035

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A great deal of thought and care should be given to the patient with a low vision problem. The number of patients with these problems will become greater in the future because of increasing longevity and literacy. In the second edition of his book, Norman Bier has given us his approach to the low vision patient.

The book is divided into 12 chapters. The first two chapters deal with definitions of partial sightedness and blindness, as well as the problem of children with low vision. It is very important for these patients and their families to be properly guided. As these chapters point out, many patients are not being properly cared for nor given sufficient encouragement to use their eyes. The patient with subnormal vision should use his eyes and should be guided as to which device may or may not be helpful. It is properly stressed that children

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