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Eccentric Viewing

What is Eccentric Viewing

Central vision loss can affect people in many ways.  For example, reading, telling the time, seeing a friend’s face or judging the depth of stairs can become difficult.

Eccentric viewing enables a person with central vision loss to utilise his or her remaining peripheral vision.  Peripheral vision is not as clear or easy to use as central vision.  However, it can still provide functional vision and in some cases even enable reading.

To successfully use eccentric viewing, the person must have a complete loss of central vision in both eyes.  Many people will naturally develop eccentric viewing strategies.  Other people may need training, which is available free of charge from Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.  The training involves repetitive exercises so the person must be motivated to practice these.

Eccentric Viewing

Eccentric Viewing

Central Fixation

Central Fixation

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