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By John Donnelly, Reporter
When Watching Lexie Capps around horses you could easily forget she’s practically blind. She moves around the large animals confidently without a trace of fear. “No I don’t let things hold me back.” she says.
The thirteen year old has what’s called low vision. She was born without a right eye and with a serious defect in her left. Her uncorrected vision is 20/250. Corrected it goes to 20/60. That’s good enough for her to ride. “I just go and give it my best shot and try to adapt to my surroundings.”
While that attitude is great it can’t overcome some things. Reading is a real challenge. If she couldn’t read life was going to be an even bigger challenge. When she and her dad moved from Kansas City a year ago and she started in public schools. Her father wanted her to be able to adapt to the classroom in a low key way.
“I wanted her to have everything that was available. You’ve got to give her every opportunity to be like other kids.” says Randy Capps.
That desire to have her fit in, to not stand out from the herd took them from here to the medical center and into Dr. Bhavani Iyer’s office at UT’s Center for Visual Rehabilitation. The center just got a Sight First grant from the Lion’s Club to help people like Lexie. “We take those individuals and teach them to maximize the use of their residual vision so we don’t bring back their lost vision and we maximize the use of the vision they have.” says Iyer.
They’re doing it by with support groups, by teaching coping strategies and by setting up clinics that provide loaner devices like monocular’s and various reading devices that greatly magnify print. Patients learn how to use them and find which ones work best for them. They serve people of all ages. She says the problem is going to get worse as the U.S. population ages and more people develop problems like macular degeneration and glaucoma. Three million Americans suffer from it already. Speaking of reading devices. Lexie got one …..more: http://www.myfoxhouston.com/story/26399863/new-program-to-overcome-low-vision
Source: My Fox Houston