Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Through Different Lenses

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Through Different Lenses

Article excerpt

"When a new Practice Perspective is accepted for the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness (JVIB), I often imagine which readers will notice it in the journal, and I think about how the topic might be useful for them. Some readers will read it eagerly and will immediately see relevance to the clients they serve. Others will read the title or perhaps several paragraphs; although they may recall the topic from university courses, they do not finish reading because it does not seem related to their current professional role. Still others may not understand the topic at all, but they persist in reading with the hope of learning something new.

I especially considered these varied reactions when this month's Practice Perspective was prepared for publication. "Methods for Prism Placement for Hemianopic Visual Field Loss in Adults with Low Vision" is written by two optometrists, Denise Wilcox and Connie Chronister, and by an orientation and mobility specialist, Muriel Savage. They serve adult patients with visual impairments in two agencies in the Philadelphia area. Their writing describes a collaboration between low vision specialists and orientation and mobility specialists that provides prism lenses to improve the vision of an adult patient with hemianopic loss due to brain trauma. Although the description of assessment, trial, and applications includes technical terms that may be unfamiliar to some readers, the report is a reminder that successful assessment and planning is vital to the successful use of a new low vision device.

If you are a specialist in low vision or an orientation and mobility specialist, and if you work with adults with brain trauma, it is likely that reading this report will invite comparisons with the people you serve and the agencies where you work. Can your clients receive a thorough low vision assessment like the patient described here? And does the team plan for application and practice after the device is prescribed, to ensure the best chance of success? …

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