Visual rehabilitation "rising in importance"

Visual rehabilitation "rising in importance"

By Adrian Glabreth

An increasing degree of importance is set to be placed on visual rehabilitation as the world's population ages, a new report has suggested.

Analysis of the current issue of Deutsches Arzteblatt International by Susanne Trauzettel-Klosinski shows that age-related macular degeneration is the most common cause of severe visual impairment in developed nations, and this is set to continue.

In addition, numbers of patients suffering stroke and consequent visual impairment are also set to rise, which makes it all the more important that a greater focus is placed on rehabilitating people who have suffered from an eye problem or disease.

"Visual rehabilitation goes well beyond the purely optical. Spontaneous adaptation strategies are supported and training given in compensatory behaviours," she explained.

The expert added that reading speed among those recovering from vision problems could be improved through specific reading training, while impaired orientation could be improved by "tactile aids" such as a walking cane and progressive training.

by Adrian Galbreth

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