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Disability Series

Visual Impairment and Rehabilitation, 1st Edition

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Visual impairment refers to any abnormality of the eyes, the optic nerve, or the brain that may result in low or loss of vision. It usually affects one’s visual acuity or visual fields. The most common causes of vision impairment among adults are the age-related eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration etc. However, vision loss can also be caused by birth defects. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 4.2 million Americans over 40 years of age suffer from uncorrectable vision impairment and about 1.2 million are blind as of 2012. It is estimated that the numbers could double by 2050 due to rapidly aging population and increasing chronic diseases.

Visual Impairment and Rehabilitation, First Edition begins with an overview about disability and explains how visual disability affects people. It provides information about vision health related research and surveillance. Conditions that lead to visual impairment such as amblyopia, astigmatism, blepharospasm, cataracts, coloboma, glaucoma, pink eye, retinoblastoma, Usher syndrome and so on are discussed in detail. It offers guidelines for people with visual impairment to lead a quality life. Information about rehabilitation along with the benefits and support system available for people with visual impairment is provided. The book concludes with a directory of resources for further help and information.

Part 1: Understanding Disability and Visual Impairment begins with an overview on disability and explains how a visual disability can affect a person. It talks about vision health in detail and provides data and statistics on vision loss and blindness. Information about vision health related research and surveillance is also provided.

Part 2: Conditions Leading to Visual Impairment talks about different types of vision impairment. Various conditions that can lead to vision impairment such as amblyopia, astigmatism, blepharospasm, cataracts, coloboma, glaucoma, pink eye, retinoblastoma, Usher syndrome etc. are discussed in detail.

Part 3: Living with Visual Impairment explains how people with visual impairment can lead a quality and independent life taking care of their mental health and social welfare. It also talks about the educational and employment opportunities available for them.

Part 4: Rehabilitation, Benefits, and Support Services for People with Visual Impairment explains how to prevent vision loss. Rehabilitative and assistive technology aids that can help people with visual impairment in their daily life are listed. Information about various benefits and support services available for them such as financial assistance, housing support, transportation aids etc. is provided.

Part 5: Additional Resources includes a directory of resources that can provide help and support for people with visual impairment.

Standard Features in the Disability Series

  • 5 ½ x 8 ½
  • 200-300 pages per volume
  • Easy-to-use volumes organized into parts and chapters. Parts focus on broad areas of interest. Chapters are devoted to single topics within a part.
  • Authoritative content from respected government agencies and institutes, university research centers, professional medical associations, and non-profit health organizations.
  • Comprehensive chapters feature generous use of headings and subheadings for ease of navigation.
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations display statistical data and supplement explanations.
  • Helpful glossary provides definitions of technical terms.
  • Resource directories with contact information highlight organizations that can provide further information and support.
  • Professionally prepared master index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts.
  • List Price $45 per volume
  • School and Library Price $39 per volume