People experiencing visual impairment look toward the medical community for reassurance and guidance. One of the most vital tools that can be offered is to “bridge the gap” and afford a practical next step to those facing vision loss.This section provides guidance to eye and health care professionals for working with people who are newly diagnosed and don’t know where to turn or who are going through the throes of finding out a diagnosis. There are many facets to learning about, understanding, and handling an eye condition as well as learning to live with vision loss. And your patients will have lots of questions.

It is also important to provide contact information to local blind/low vision chapters and or websites. This will accomplish two very important things; the person with vision problems will realize they are not alone as well as provide a source in which they can begin to advocate for themselves and their lives. You can use the VisionAware directory to locate these important services.