Hope & Understanding for Patients With Vision Loss
In an effort to support patients and their families through this process, the Moran Eye Center provides comprehensive integrated services to patients with vision loss called the Patient Support Program-unique in this region and now modeled worldwide.
“The human being is born with an incurable capacity for making the best of things.”
- Helen Keller
Frequently Asked Questions
Does my vision loss qualify me for Social Security Disability?
You can get disability benefits if you are legally blind or if your vision problems prevent you from working. Legal blindness is when your vision cannot be corrected better than 20/200 or if your visual field is 20 degrees or less in your better eye.
Can I still drive?
Each state has its own rules on driving. In Utah, you must have visual acuity of 20/40 for an unrestricted driver’s license; a restricted driver’s license can be obtained if you have visual acuity of 20/100 and if you have a vision statement form signed by your ophthalmologist or optometrist.
What resources are available to help me to see better?
There are many assistive devices available. Which device is helpful really depends on the cause of your visual impairment. Assistive devices include the following:
- Magnifiers of varying strength and type
- CCTVs (closed circuit television—electronic desktop magnifiers)
- Prismatic Glasses—magnifying reading
- Bioptic telescope
There are also simple changes you can make around your home to improve contrast.
How do I get a guide dog?
There are several guide-dog training schools in the United States; however, there are none in Utah. The first step is to be certified in cane travel. Virtually all guide-dog schools require this as a prerequisite. Schools require that the blind person must travel to the school where they will be matched with a dog and trained to handle their dog.