Macular Degeneration and Me

Low Vision and High Hope

Eccentric Viewing Techniques

The Low Vision Program called Eccentric (E-Centric)Viewing at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady NY is a way to efficiently use available vision to compensate for a blind spot or scotoma.  This program helps you use an area of your peripheral vision to read.

I participated in the structured 5 week therapy which included exercises that helped me detect the best position to direct my eyes.  Although it feels a little unfamiliar at first, within a day or two I was able to use the lower part of my eye to read newspapers and magazine without additional light or magnification.  And as the weeks went by I learned much more about safety in and out of the home, tips and ideas that make daily tasks much easier, more about protection from glare, better lighting and so much more.

Participating in this therapy was one of the most productive things I did that brought me, not only comfort, but confidence and reduced stress.  For more information speak to your eye care professional about a referral to an organization that provides Eccentric Viewing.

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