COMMON SIGNS OF LOW VISION When you might refer
In many cases, making a referral is beneficial regardless of the circumstance. Clinical vision loss and functional vision loss create different challenges for people in different situations, and they are not necessarily interlinked.
For example, a patient who has had a recent stroke may experience difficulties due to functional vision loss—without a clinical presentation—which may create challenges for their wider rehabilitation program because of issues with awareness, balance or mobility.
A person struggling with low vision might experience difficulty with:
- Independence in the home: For example, difficulty handling tools in the shed or maintaining safety in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Personal care: For example, difficulty grooming, identifying clothes and managing hair or makeup.
- Technology: For example, struggling to use devices like phones, TVs or computers.
- Recreation: At school, out shopping or within the community.
- General mobility: Consider making a referral in any instance where you’re unsure how a person will travel home, if they have experienced any unexpected falls, or suffer common headaches.