Eye health and independence. Learn more about low vision.

Eyesight can be impacted or changed by many causes. Whether through incident, illness, injury, genetic inheritance or ongoing low vision, any person can experience low vision at any time.

Learn some of the common types of low vision and how they can impact upon a person’s mobility and independence, as well as techniques to support a person with low vision by guiding them through a space or situation as they may require.

TYPES OF LOW VISION Eye health and common conditions

Low vision or blindness can be present from birth, develop over time, or occur as a result of illness or injury. A significant change in vision or ongoing low vision can greatly affect our independence and mobility.

While the right supports and training can minimise the impact of a change in vision, maintaining good eye health reduces the risk of vision loss in later life. Frequent examinations can allow for early detection and treatment; 75% of vision loss in Australia is preventable.

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HOW TO GUIDE SOMEONE Guiding a person who has low vision

People with low vision sometimes require assistance to move through certain situations. The aim of providing guidance is to support a person so they can travel safely, confidently and efficiently.

There are a variety of guiding practices that apply to different scenarios. From assisting a person with low vision in general, to more specific practical situations like getting into a car, navigating an escalator, or interacting in different workplaces, the following techniques will ensure effective, safe and comfortable interactions.

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If you are hoping to access support for someone you know, we welcome referrals from friends, family members, and a wide range of health professionals.

For more information on accessing support services, training programs, or to start improving or regaining your independence:

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