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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.

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.