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Living with low vision
Understanding your vision condition and how to best use your vision, can help you feel confident and enable you to live more independently. That’s why we’re committed to helping you learn strategies, discover new technology, get support, and take advantage of products designed to help you.
Our team of experts is here to help, and can work with you to develop tailored techniques and routines giving you support to live life on your terms.
What is low vision?
Vision loss is different for everyone. But low vision is usually defined by:
- Low vision that cannot be corrected to normal vision by regular spectacles, contact lenses, laser, medical treatment or surgery
- Difficulty with everyday tasks
- Vision loss severe enough to put someone at risk
Low Vision in Australia is considered to be less than 6/12 (best corrected vision) which is less than legal driving limit.
World Health Organisation’s classification is 6/18 or less (best corrected vision).
Learn about the types of eye conditions that can cause blindness or low vision.
What to do post diagnosis?
Coming out of the doctors office after receiving a diagnosis is overwhelming. You might be left wondering “what next?”
When you’re ready, there are many services you can access and some government benefits on offer.
Hearing how others have dealt with their diagnoses is a great start.
Vision assessments tailored to you
From simple tips to high-level techniques, as part of Vision Australia’s low vision assessments, we’ll give you the tools to make the most of your vision. We’ll cover things like:
- Breaking down what your eye condition means, and how you can best use your vision in everyday tasks.
- Explore aids and technology to identify small tasks/objects.
- Understanding the effects of glare and how to manage it.
- Figuring out the best use of lighting around your home or workplace.
- Developing techniques to help your everyday vision.
How this can help
- Knowledge is power. Having all the facts is the best way to start thriving with low vision and communicating this to others.
- Care and support. Understanding your eye condition with expert advice can open up brand new possibilities and opportunities – helping you live life on your terms.
- Safety and security. Understanding the full range of services and products available to you gives you the confidence to conquer the everyday.
- Discover products that can best assist you, such as magnifiers and reading lights or lamps, and appliances.
- Try out new technology like reading software and apps that can assist with independent living.
How this can help
- Better equipped. Finding the right product to aid your vision can increase wellbeing, social connections and find or maintain employment.
- Stay up to date. Staying current with the latest technology and techniques allows you to stay more connected and engaged with the ever-changing world.
Get specialised advice from our low vision team
Our orthoptists are qualified allied health professionals specialising in low vision who'll work with you to maximise use of your functional vision.
For older Australians, the Know Your Vision clinic is also designed to support you better manage significant eye conditions, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.
They will work hand in hand with your eye specialist to monitor your vision and ensure any changes are assessed and managed.