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Latest news and research in Low Vision and Mobility

The effect of simulated central scotomas on street crossing decision-making

This article shows how the travel difficulties with individuals with central scotomas, as seen in conditions like age-related macular degeneration, can be overcome by learning eccentric viewing techniques

High incidence and prevalence of visual problems after acute stroke:  Implications for service delivery

This article demonstrates that large majority of acute stroke patients experience visual problems. However, visual rehabilitation training in hospitals is minimal and certified vision rehabilitation professionals typically do not work in these settings.

The association between vision impairment and social participation: a systematic review

This literature review shows how visual impairments are lined to decreased social participation and reduced overall health outcomes. One way they propose could help is to increase exercise.

The use of smartphones and tablets among the visually-impaired

This article higlights the use of smartphones and tablets among the visually-impaired for reading, navigation, socialization, and more. I suggest you contact an orientation and mobility specialist to get the most out of this incredible technology.

Stereotyping as a barrier to the social participation of older adults with low vision: a qualitative focus group study

This article demonstrates how stereotyping and stigma affects the perceived capacities of older adults with low vision. It describes some of the common problems of using public transportation and navigating in public spaces. It highlights the importance of focusing on the potential of those with low vision.

Blind people have increased opportunities, but employers’ perceptions are still a barrier

The obstacles facing visually-impaired people in the workplace are enormous. Despite the challenges, employers' attitudes and perceptions are amongst the most difficult hurdles to overcome in employment.

Overzealous in preventing falls, hospitals are producing an ‘epidemic of immobility’ in elderly patients

Because of worries about the risks of falls in elderly patients and possible lawsuits many hospital personnel prefer to leave the patients in bed, which has serious consequences. This phenomenon is even more pronounced amongst the visually-impaired population.

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