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December 1994

Coping With Low Vision

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Kansas City, Mo

Arch Ophthalmol. 1994;112(12):1520. doi:10.1001/archopht.1994.01090240026018

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Coping With Low Vision is one of a series of books addressing health-related challenges that aging individuals face. Other books in the series consider hearing loss; depression; sexual dysfunction; immobility; intellectual, language, speech, and swallowing impairments; and death and dying. Visual impairment is an appropriate topic for this series as it is one of the most frequent problems that disrupts daily living activities in the aging population.

This book is primarily for those who are attempting to deal with the lifestyle changes caused by a permanent reduction in vision. Its message is that adaptations and training can reduce the impact of the impairment, and it attempts to tell readers how to be advocates for their own rehabilitation. The rehabilitation services the authors recommend are outside the health care system—no mention is made of rehabilitation services available within medicine. In addition, there is no discussion of the interaction between vision loss

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