When are you visually impaired?

 

You are visually impaired when you - despite a correctly adjusted pair of glasses - still have difficulty reading or orienting yourself.

This means that you have to have low vision on both eyes, since it is possible to function normally with one working eye after some adjustments.

Many people who use glasses have difficulty seeing when they take off their glasses. But because they can put their glasses back on and thereby restoring their vision, they are not categorized as visually impaired, no matter how strong the glasses are. You are not necessarily visually impaired simply because you use strong glasses or contact lenses.

On the other hand, you can be visually impaired even if you do not use glasses, because glasses do not improve your vision to what is called better than 6/18.

You can also be visually impaired if you have a normal central vision, but you have trouble using your peripheral vision. This can be either Hemianopsy (meaning a lack of visual input from one side) or tunnel vision, where only the central part of your vision works.
There can be other combinations of central visual impairments and peripheral vision defects, which can be treated by retraining when a doctor recommends it.

 

WHAT OPTIONS ARE THERE?

If you experience low vision, there are many options that allow you to do the things you are used to – only in new ways.

If objects are small and difficult to see, an obvious idea is to make them larger. This can be done in several ways. As mentioned above, you can move the text and objects closer, thereby making them larger. Or you can use a magnifying glass between your eyes and the object.