Disparities in awareness and use of low-vision rehabilitation

  • Annick Mwilambwe, Walter Wittich, Ellen E. Freeman
  • Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, January 2009, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.3129/i09-179

Not everyone is equally likely to access low vision rehabilitation services

What is it about?

This study examined which factors might be linked to accessing low vision rehabilitation services in the Montreal region. Black patients, those whose first language was French, and those with less severe visual acuity loss were less likely to know about low-vision services.

Why is it important?

Our results indicated that we need to increase our efforts in educating the general public about the existence and possible functional benefits of low vision rehabilitation, in order to increase a more equitable access to and more interest in these services.


Dr Walter Wittich
Universite de Montreal

This was the first study to access and analyze the data from the Montreal Barriers Study database, funded from 2006 until 2016 by the Vision Research Network of the FRQ-S

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