Samuel N. Markowitz, MD, FRCS(C), Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; Director, Low Vision Rehabilitation Program, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto; Staff, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, Toronto, ON.
Low vision can result from loss of macular function, with loss of peripheral vision or from loss of hemi-fields of vision such as in cases with stroke. Low vision rehabilitation (LVR) is the continuation of care after all other means for restoration of vision were used and failed. Modern LVR is a multidisciplinary endeavour responsible for providing assessment, prescribing devices, and conducting training sessions for individuals with low vision. Ontario recognizes the diverse needs of individuals requiring LVR interventions, covers LVR assessments and LVR training sessions, and provides financial subsidies for the purchase of low vision devices.
Key words: low vision rehabilitation, low vision, age-related macular degeneration, assistive devices, vision therapy.