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June 1977

Clinical Low Vision

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Iowa City, Iowa

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(6):1079. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450060166023

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Clinical Low Vision is an excellent text for the practitioner who is interested in comprehensive care of the patient with poor visual acuity. As ophthalmic techniques improve, more patients are having their vision at least partially restored; they need not sit in the dark, lamenting their fate. Such aids as head-borne lenses, absorptive lenses, hand-held lenses, stand or fixed magnifiers, telescopic devices, and closed-circuit television are discussed in helpful detail. Moderate emphasis is placed on the ophthalmologic treatment, both medical and surgical, or various ocular diseases, but the basic thrust of the text is toward visual rehabilitation through vision aids.

A particularly well-written chapter by Robert Rosenberg on the optics of low-vision aids improves understanding and appreciation of the magnifying and telescopic systems. Several interesting chapters on the child with reduced visual acuity stress the notion that this handicapped child should not be isolated in a special setting, but should

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