Sad Rohan Sharma, an 11-year-old, enters his house with his worried but hopeful parents. Shruti, his elder sister, rushed to the door to open it when she heard the doorbell. Shruti indicates him to go to his bedroom. Rohan drags himself to his room, and he is stunned to see the whole view and exclaims with joy – Oh My God, Didi!!
Within seconds, his mother ran to his room to know the surprise. Shruti and his father happily follow her.
The room had bright illuminating lights. The table and drawers had contrasting colors. Few large size pens were standing out on the whole of the table with a reading stand in the middle of it as if it was welcoming Rohan with an open heart. As he approaches his table, he holds every object close to his eyes. There, he sees a variety of books ranging from comic, academic and his favourite bunch of all – the crosswords and puzzle books. Everything in large prints!
His mother noticed that the curtains were thin and light coloured with mini-blinds on the windows. Her faced was beaming with surprise as she turned towards her husband and there she saw him giving a winning hi-fi to Shruti.
Overjoyed little Rohan hugged Shruti tightly. She kissed his cheeks and gave him his new hat and sunglasses.
Well…Shruti and her father had already started planning to modify Rohan’s room to make his environment adaptable to his low vision since the first day of rehabilitation program.
Sharma family who lived in Nerul had consulted a low vision specialist at Advanced Eye Hospital & Institute (AEHI), in Sanpada, Navi Mumbai. At AEHI, counselling with a low vision specialist and vision rehabilitation professional made huge change in Rohan as well as their family’s approach in dealing with it as well as tackling societal pressure. It was explained to Rohan and his family that self-awareness is as crucial for him as it is for them. It is important to understand the difference between the normal vision, low vision and blindness. The Sharma’s were made aware of the actual results of the visual assessment and the residual vision. The effects of restricted visual fields, the results of poor contrast and the problem associated with colour vision were explained.
Individuals with Low Vision should not be considered as blind people. The society’s behaviour towards them is either of a protective or deserting nature. However, this outlook has to change, as it is discouraging and is of disservice to each and every one. People with low vision are not blind. Blindness means total absence of sight – meaning there is no perception of light. In low vision, the patient has some remaining vision that can be utilized.
Do you know someone who suffers from Low Vision? If so, do visit an eye hospital nearby and consult an eye specialist for detailed evaluation of your eye condition and the subsequent help that the patient can avail to enhance his/her low vision. For more information, feel free to contact us for our low vision services here.
About Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute:
Advanced Eye Hospital and Institute in Navi Mumbai is one of the best eye hospitals in Mumbai. Comprehensive eye check-up and the operation theatres are state-of-art and equipped with the best diagnostic and surgery machines. Personalized care, infection free modular operation theatres and beautiful ambiance complement the cutting edge eye care offered at AEHI. Besides treating patients from Kharghar, Nerul, Vashi and Panvel, patients from all over western India travel to AEHI for world class eye care management.