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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109
Volume 8, Issue 3, October 2013 pp 231-233
Assessment of Impact of Low Vision Devices in Adults
Rupali Venukumar Rangu1, Varsha Mangiraj2
1Associate Professor Department of Ophthalmology IIMSR Warudi, Badnapur, Jalna, Maharashtra, INDIA.
2Consultant, Hedgewar Hospital, Garkheda, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, INDIA.
Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.
Aim: To assess change in visual function of adults with low vision who are given optical and non optical low vision devices. Objective: 1) To find out the improvement in visual function after the use of devices. Material and Method: A clinical interventional study was carried out during period of 1st January 2008 to 1st January 2009 in GMCH ABAD. In this study adults with low vision were assessed. All these patients were OPD patients of both genders from urban or rural area. The sample size was 50. Results: 52% were above 50 years of age, 67% were males. Among congenital, neurological causes was the most common while among acquired retinal causes (60%) were the most common.64 % accepted aids for distance, while 70% accepted aids for near. Before giving devices 70% were < 1m but after giving devices, only half of them i.e..36% Were < 1m while 2% show improvement till 0.5m.70 % were improved to 1m Most accepted device for distant were spectacles(40%).Most accepted were for near magnifying spectacles.(50%) Non optical aids were also given. Conclusion: Low vision aids are very useful to those who have some residual vision. Low vision affects not only visual acuity but also quality of life which can be improved with low vision aids.