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A Journal on Ophthalmology
Minerva Oftalmologica 2002 September-December;44(3-4):139-46
Visual rehabilitation and hypovision centers. Roles, assignments and perspectives
Nuzzi R., Boles Carenini B., Donati S., Grignolo F. M.
The for impaired vision centers were created for a correct study of patients with neuroophthalmologic deficiencies. The ophthalmologist has to classify the pathology and create a functional rehabilitation procedure for the patient. Different specialized medical operators have a role defined by the oculist coordinator: the psychologist, the ophthalmology assistant-orthoptist, the rehabilitation therapist, the mobility teacher. The optical aids (lenses, video magnifier) have to be used in a correct way and the patient must learn how to live with these instruments. Each patient has different problems and a different difficulty: the rehabilitation programs should consider the age of the patients and their works or life occupations. These centers need a web connection in order to exchange experience. The definition of first, second and third line centers adds the basic scientific research to the clinic experience for a better and more rational rehabilitation. The methods and the progress of these centers must be verified by a commission, proposed by GISI, Unione Italiana Ciechi and by the National Health Service (USSL) for a correct use of the financial resources.