Orientation and Mobility (O&M) training is often recommended by the Low Vision Optometrist if vision loss impairs a person's mobility in their home or out in public. O&M training often involves teaching people with vision loss to use their intact senses, like hearing, touch, and smell. O&M specialists also teach individuals about spatial relationships in the environment and scanning techniques, using a cane or their hands, to understand where they are in space and how to get where they need to go. O&M training can include training with a white cane, as pictured above, as well as training for family/friends to learn sighted-guide techniques to safely assist their loved one.
The Low Vision Network
The Low Vision Network is a team of various vision rehabilitation professionals. When an individual with functional problems is seen by an ophthalmologist, they are often referred to the Low Vision Network for assessment and treatment of the functional concerns. Individuals referred to the Low Vision Network benefit from collaboration between a low vision optometrist, low vision therapists, assistive technology specialists, and mobility professionals.
If you or a loved one are interested in low vision rehabilitation, contact the Low Vision Network using the information found below.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the Low Vision Network