Skills for seeing

EV TrainingMacular conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration or juvenile macular dystrophies, cause loss of central vision. Skills for seeing training can help you to use your vision more effectively.

Learning new ways of seeing can help with reading, taking care of yourself, getting about and watching TV.

We train volunteers to teach two techniques, which can help you use your vision more effectively.

This first technique, eccentric viewing, involves identifying and using the healthiest parts of your vision. Many people often adopt this technique as they adjust to their sight loss. The second technique is steady eye strategy, which involves learning a new way to read text.

These techniques do not work for everyone. However, learning them will not damage your vision and when they do work, many people say they feel more confident and have more control over their lives.

For more information about skills for seeing and for free one-to-one coaching in these techniques, call our helpline on 0300 30 30 111 or email help@macularsociety.org