Welcome. I’m Paul Graveson, an optometrist in Hobart, Tasmania. I’ve worked in the Low Vision Clinic of the Royal Hobart Hospital for many years. In that time, I’ve learnt a few things, which I’d like to share with others who work with the visually impaired.
This site is intended as a resource for optometrists who have an interest in low vision. It comprises a series of articles, the titles of which all appear in the menu to the side. You can read them in whatever order you like, but it will all make a lot more sense if you read them in the numbered order.
I’m assuming people reading this already have a knowledge of basic low vision theory at optometry graduate level. Low vision might be taught differently nowadays, so all this stuff might be old news to you. If so, great! But I suspect most people will find at least something they didn’t already know.
I’d like to make clear that it’s also possible that I got taught some of this at optometry school, and I just didn’t understand it, or I missed that lecture, or I was daydreaming instead. When I was an undergrad I had no intention of continuing to do low vision work, and if you’d told me that’s what I’d mostly end up doing I would have laughed at you. Anyway, nothing in this site is meant to imply that my lecturers were in any way deficient in their teaching — I was lucky enough to be taught by Rob Jacobs and Peter Herse at the University of Auckland, who were excellent. If there are any fundamental deficiencies in my understanding of low vision, that is my fault alone.