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September 1976

Low Vision,

Arch Ophthalmol. 1976;94(9):1644. doi:10.1001/archopht.1976.03910040474046

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This book is a record of the proceedings at a seminar marking the 20th anniversary of the Lighthouse Low Vision Service. There are 36 separate papers presented in 34 chapters that discuss low-vision aids, their design, and their application. In addition, the ocular conditions causing decreased vision and some treatment possibilities are described. Prisms, mirrors, and reverse telescopes are shown to be of help to patients with visual field loss of either a homonymous or peripheral nature. In addition, patients with central loss benefit from such aids as high-plus spectacles, including bifocals, telemicroscopic and telescopic aids, closed-circuit television, and the bioptic—a telescopic aid for distance—useful apparently for the lowvision patient who wishes to drive. There is a discussion of the controversy concerning the use of telescopic aids in this instance. However, there is a rather convincing case made for their use in properly trained and selected patients. The psychological, sociological,

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