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What Will Help You Be Most Successful?

It may surprise you to hear the answer to this question is “Training.” Most people would probably guess the answer is “a new pair of glasses,” or “a very good magnifier.” Although these and other low vision devices are often extremely helpful, and you probably cannot be successful without them, I think the real key to success is proper training.

One eye doctor with whom I work makes it a habit of asking his patients whom he refers to low vision clinics if they felt it was helpful, and if they are now more successful in doing the things that they wanted to do. Most do feel that indeed it was very helpful. But a few report that it was only somewhat helpful. To those patients, he always asks a follow-up question: “How many visits did you make, or how many times did you go for low vision training?” He explains that almost inevitably, those patients report that they only went for one visit, and did not go back for follow-up training. This doctor then tells the patient that low vision care is not a purchase but a process. It is like going to a physical therapist after having a hip replacement, or to a cardiac therapist following heart surgery. You would not go to them and get a cane and feel like you were now done or ok. You would have several visits, and get some helpful training. He explains it is basically the same here. He wants them to go for at least 2 visits and preferably three, to get adequate and helpful training, to learn how to use their vision more effectively, to use their new low vision devices correctly, and to get tips and ideas for better lighting, contrast, and something called “eccentric viewing” to help them see around the spot(s) they may have.

A study by the Veterans Administration revealed that if a person with low vision receives several visits for training, 96% continue to use their devices for reading and other tasks, and in fact are successful. Those who receive less training are far less likely to actually use their devices, and are also far less independent or successful. Training is the key.

When you consider getting help for seeing better to read, write, see TV or the computer screen, or other tasks, please realize that you will be far more likely to be even more successful if you have at least 2 visits to our clinic, in order to get adequate training and follow-up services. All three components are important for your success—the correct low vision devices, adequate and complete training, and practice on your own.

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