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It is estimated that about 80 million adults and children have low vision and thus have a potential need for low vision services. A global survey published in 2011 showed that only a very small proportion of people with low vision have access to services (see Chiang PPC, O’Connor PM, Le Mesurier R, Keeffe JE. A global survey of low vision service provision. Ophthalmic Epidemiology. 2011;18(3):109-121). Some countries do not yet have low vision services and in many less than 20% of people who possibly need services are able to benefit from them.
In recognition of the need to support establishing and expanding low vision services, the IAPB has formed a technical working group with membership from across the regions. The aim of the Low Vision Work Group (LVWG) is to provide leadership for IAPB Members and other stakeholders on priority matters relating to low vision.
The LVWG has written curricula in low vision for ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic mid-level personnel, educators/ teachers and rehabilitation personnel. The curricula are intended for inclusion in undergraduate courses or as postgraduate “stand alone” courses for the five different cadres.
If you are interested in contributing to the work group, do get in touch.
Low Vision Resource Centre – all devices and materials on the Standard List (plus many more) are on the inventory of the Low Vision Resource Centre (LVRC) at the Hong Kong Society for the Blind.
Peter Ackland on Low Vision Curriculum
What is avoidable blindness and visual impairment – low vision