The Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is now operating a low vision clinic in Lincoln.
The satellite clinic, which opened last summer, is located in the Taylor Meadows Medical Center, 1101 S. 70th St., suite 200. The satellite clinic is open every Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and additional days are added as needed. To make an appointment call 402-559-2463.
Low vision affects nearly 2.9 million Americans and is expected to double by the year 2030.
The professionals at the Weigel Williamson Center help people with low vision adapt to the remaining vision they do have and live full lives.
While there are several diseases that can cause low vision, the most common are diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
The goal of the Weigel Williamson Center, he said, is to help individuals maximize their residual vision by using devices, technology, training and counseling so they can regain their independence and lead active lives.
Low vision professionals can develop and implement a rehabilitation plan that identifies strategies and assistive devices appropriate for a person’s particular needs. Vision rehabilitation services include training to use adaptive devices, such as reading machines, bioptic lenses and lighted magnifiers, as well as teaching new daily living skills.