The third Eccentric Viewing
International Conference, hosted by the Macular Society on June 3, saw over 80 delegates attend from a range of backgrounds including optometry, rehabilitation and the charity sector.
These are called eccentric viewing
and steady eye strategy and offer great potential to help those with macular degeneration maintain their independence.
Changes in PRL and visual field characteristics among persons with low vision over time could have implications for the approaches of low vision rehabilitation professionals to training in eccentric viewing
and other rehabilitation techniques.
The Macular Disease Society now has volunteer trainers available to teach eccentric viewing
and steady eye; techniques which help people to make the best use of their remaining vision.
The sessions aim to help people make better use of their peripheral vision through teaching eccentric viewing
and steady eye techniques.
The Macular Disease Society has volunteer trainers available to teach eccentric viewing
and steady eye techniques, which can help people to make the most of their remaining vision.
They say that eccentric viewing
helps find exactly where to focus their gaze to make their vision better.
The LOVIT treatment protocol involves multiple components, the authors note: education and counseling, correction of refractive error, eccentric viewing
training, low-vision assistive devices provided free of charge and instruction in their use, and homework assignment, as well as home environment evaluations and modifications.
Key words: eccentric viewing
, fixation, fixation PRL, preferred retinal locus, reading, reading rehabilitation, retinal function mapping, scanning laser ophthalmoscope, text scanning, text-scanning PRL
Structured abstract: Introduction: Eccentric viewing
training has been a strategy, used by rehabilitation professionals, to help individuals with central vision loss move their eyes in such a way that they focus the incoming light on parts of the retina located away from the center area that has been damaged and improve visual functioning.
As part of a person-centred low vision and rehabilitation package, eccentric viewing
(EV) and steady eye strategy (SES) are practical techniques that can help many people with central vision loss use their residual vision more effectively.
Teaching persons with a central scotoma the technique of eccentric viewing
to use their remaining peripheral retina to read and perform tasks of daily living has been shown to be effective (Nilsson, Frennesson, & Nilsson, 2003; Petre, Hazel, Fine, & Rubin, 2000; Vukicevic & Fitzmaurice, 2002).