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November 1977

Visual Impairment in the Schools

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977;95(11):2081. doi:10.1001/archopht.1977.04450110175032

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Visual Impairment in the Schools by Drs Randall K. Harley and G. Allen Lawrence, is a well-written and concise guide for those who are involved in the special education of persons who have visual difficulties. The review of ocular anatomy and pathology is rather well-illustrated and straight-forward. The line drawings are instructive. The brief discussion of disease states is certainly sufficient and is clearly presented. Vision screening tests are described. Methods for maximizing residual vision performance of the child with such a handicap are outlined. Glare, brightness, contrast, image-size, background illumination, and the appropriate time to allow for schoolroom activities to be accomplished are items that are discussed. In addition, there is a well-written and easily understood presentation of low vision aids, which are useful for the visually impaired child. There is, at the end of the text, an appendix with an outline format to help the classroom teachers in

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