Low vision

Our Clinical Adviser comments on the BBC story about gene therapy to treat inherited retinal dystrophies.

How should optometrists tackle presbyopia solutions with patients, ask Georgina Wintersgill and Kieran Loft MCOptom.

Dr David Robert Grimes looks at the eye health issues that are making the news.

The purpose of this article is to review the impact of visual field loss on everyday life, outline the properties of an ideal visual field test for the low-vision assessment, and review currently available methods of functional field assessment.

The authors present a case report of an 89-year-old Caucasian female, with visual impairment, displaying symptoms of Charles Bonnet syndrome.

The Low Vision Service Wales (LVSW) was founded in 2004 with the aim of providing a better quality of care, available closer to people’s homes and without long waits.

This article outlines some of the principal tests and strategies available for the clinical assessment of visually impaired patients that are commonly used and readily available to practising optometrists.

This review examines the vital role that optometrists have in identifying people with serious visual impairment and facilitating support through referral for certification and registration.

This article provides high-level summary information on the changing demographics of the ageing population and associated disability.

It is important for community optometrists to understand the range of electronic vision enhancement systems available, and how they can be obtained, so as to be able to signpost their patients to appropriate help.

In this article we will outline the importance of developing standards for affordable and accessible low-vision service delivery that can be applied globally and that are relevant to both the developed and developing world.

All eye care practitioners should have the knowledge to be able to signpost and refer patients to relevant rehabilitation services in their area that may benefit them.