Low Vision

Low Vision Rehabilitation Center Helps Restore Independence

If you have low vision, you may struggle with everyday tasks that you once took for granted -- tasks like reading, driving, cooking or recognizing faces. The thought of losing your eyesight and your ability to function normally can be overwhelming. Low vision is a growing problem. An estimated 6.5 million Americans live with low vision and that number is expected to double by the year 2035 as our population ages.

Nebraska Medicine's Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation helps patients pediatric school age to advanced senior years with low vision regain their independence by providing you with the adaptive tools and training to use your current vision more efficiently and effectively. While we may not be able to help you regain your eyesight, we are dedicated to helping you keep your independence, spirit and quality of life. 

Why Come to Nebraska Medicine for Low Vision Rehabilitation Services:

A Dedicated Center Focusing on Helping People With Low Vision Regain Independence

Nebraska Medicine's Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation is dedicated to helping people with low vision. Conditions like macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, stroke or brain injury are among the most common causes of vision loss among older adults. These conditions can result in irreversible vision loss in varying degrees that, in many cases, cannot be improved with regular glasses, medicine or surgery.

Our Specialists Perform Comprehensive Low Vision Evaluations

A low vision evaluation includes an interview to determine the activities of daily living that are affected by vision loss, vision testing and a low vision exam. Visual goals are identified and the doctor determines the devises and training activities that will help meet these goals. 

Specialized Vision Mapping Test

Results from a specialized mapping test help to identify the best areas of remaining vision and the position to hold the eye in order to line up and use this best remaining vision. A low vision occupational therapist providers visual training and exercises to help with this technique. 

Low Vision Devices

As part of the evaluation, the doctor prescribes low vision devices such as high-powered magnifiers, low vision reading glasses, telescopic devices and electronic video magnifiers. Training in the proper use of the low vision devices is provided by an occupational therapist. Certain devices such as magnifiers and low vision glasses are loaned, making it possible to practice with devices at home prior to purchase. 

Personal Help on How to Adapt at Home

The center has been designed with a unique home-like setting to showcase low vision adaptations. Our center includes spaces that are set up to mirror an office, kitchen, living room and bathroom so that patients can be taught how to function in their home environments using low vision adaptions. These adaptions take into consideration the concept of contrast, principals of lighting, use of items with large, bold numbers or letters and the sense of touch and hearing. 

We'll Help You Regain Your Life Again

People who use the Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation undergo a major transformation that allows them to regain a large part of their lives again that they didn't think was possible.

If you are living with low vision, let us offer you renewed hope and help. 

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