A Review of Low Vision Rehabilition

Mark E. Wilkinson, OD

COPE #15911-LV

Expires April 1, 2009

3 credits, $59

Section: Geriatric Optometry

Introduction:

Blindness and vision impairment represent a significant burden, not only to those affected by sight loss, but also to our national economy. It is estimated that $468 billion is spent annually on care and services for the blind and visually impaired in the US. (Source: Testimony, National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research before the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and related Agency Sub-Committee of the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, March 2005).

Based on this testimony, it should be clear that helping individuals who are visually impaired to function at their highest potential will allow many to remain independent, which will directly impact the personal and economic/social burden vision loss causes.

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