Barriers to Low Vision Rehabilitation: The Montreal Barriers Study

  • Olga Overbury, Walter Wittich
  • Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science, November 2011, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • DOI: 10.1167/iovs.11-8116

Why do people not access low vision rehabilitation?

What is it about?

We studied the factors that may be associated with choosing to or refusing access low vision rehabilitation, in order to increase the number of clients that could benefit from this type of rehabilitation service.

Why is it important?

Many individuals with vision loss are unaware of the rehabilitation services that are available to them to improve their visual functioning and the functional independence. By identifying why people choose not to use this service will will be able to improve awareness and access to a potentially beneficial intervention.


Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

This multi-phase and multi-year study has replicated many previously raised issues in the awareness, access and accessibility; we continue to fight the good fight in order to raise the profile of this beneficial service.

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