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  • AAO PPP Vision Rehabilitation Committee, Hoskins Center for Quality Eye Care
    By the American Academy of Ophthalmology Preferred Practice Pattern Vision Rehabilitation Committee: Mary Lou Jackson, MD,1 Gianni Virgili, MD,2 John D. Shepherd, MD,3 Marie A. Di Nome, MD,4 Donald Calvin Fletcher, MD,5 Mona A. Kaleem, MD,6 Linda A. Lam, MD, MBA,7 Linda M. Lawrence, MD,8 Janet S. Sunness, MD,9 Anne T. Riddering, PhD10

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    1Department of Ophthalmology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    2Department of NEUROFARBA, Eye Clinic, Careggi University Hospital, University of Florence, Florence, Italy and Centre for Public Health, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
    3Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Nebraska
    4Departments of Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona
    5University of Kansas Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology and KU Eye Center, Kansas City, Kansas and Retina Consultants of Southwest Florida, Ft. Myers, Florida, Envision, Wichita, Kansas
    6Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore Maryland
    7USC Roski Eye Institute, University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
    8Private Practice, Salina, Kansas
    9Hoover Low Vision Rehabilitation Services and Department of Ophthalmology, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Towson, Maryland and Ophthalmology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
    10Henry Ford Health, Department of Ophthalmology, Detroit, Michigan

    Highlighted Findings and Recommendations for Care

    Ophthalmologists are encouraged to provide information about rehabilitation resources to patients who have vision loss. Vision rehabilitation is not reserved for patients with advanced vision loss or severe loss of visual acuity. Even early or moderate vision loss may result in disability, which can affect visual performance, cause anxiety, interfere with safety and everyday activities, and diminish quality of life.

    Ophthalmologists who subspecialize in providing vision rehabilitation should aim to optimize patients’ reading, daily living activities, safety, participation in their community, and psychosocial well-being despite vision loss. Vision rehabilitation should not only include device recommendations but also address the broader impact of vision loss on patients’ lives.

    Keys to successful vision rehabilitation are the ability to empathize, communicate with sensitivity, and convey hope to patients with vision loss.

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