Hope in sight

More occupational therapy services available to help low-vision sufferers adapt and live well

BY: EVELINE GAN
SINGAPORE — A sudden severe viral eye infection last year left Mr Nasiruddin bin Pengut, 32, completely blind in the left eye. He also lost most of his right eye’s visual field — the total area that can be seen when the eye is focused on one point.
Yet, Mr Nasiruddin is now able to read, as well as use the computer and touch-screen devices after undergoing a low-vision rehabilitation programme at National University Hospital (NUH), which sees 80 to 100 new patients with low vision each year.

 He also has no problems retrieving his mail and taking walks around the neighbourhood on his own.

Low vision refers to visual impairment that interferes with daily activities, but cannot be corrected by medical or surgical interventions, said Ms Eileen Lim, an occupational therapist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).
Said Mr Danial Bohan, senior optometrist at NUH’s Eye Surgery Centre, low vision affects mainly the elderly, as the number of potentially blinding eye conditions, such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration, increases with age.
FROM DESPAIR TO ADAPTING TO LOW VISION
People with low vision still have some usable residual vision, said Ms Lim.
Added Ms Chen Xuanyu, a low vision-trained senior occupational therapist from NUH Rehabilitation Centre: “With the use of various low-vision aids and strategies, they are still able to do what they want to do and lead a fulfilling life.”………
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