Low Vision Centre

What is Low Vision?

A person with visual acuity of 6/18 or less in the better eye and/or restricted field of vision, which cannot be corrected with any therapeutic or surgical procedure, glasses or contact lenses is said to have Low Vision. There are an estimated 45 million people with Low Vision, of whom a large number reside in India. (WHO publication /97/61 Rev.1)

Shree Naval P Baliwalla Centre For Vision Rehabilitation



Late Mr. Naval Baliwalla was an optometrist qualified in the UK. He was a pioneer to establish a Low Vision practice in India. He designed and manufactured Low Vision Aids which were affordable to the average Indian. Many patients, both young and adults, have been treated with kindness and generosity at his Low Vision clinic. The center is a tribute to his dedication to the cause of Low Vision.

Centre has an exclusive facility of its kind in Mumbai as it offers all aspects of Low Vision under one roof i.e Diagnosis, Evaluation and Rehabilitation.

Highly qualified optometrist from the Lotus College of Optometry evaluate the patients for their visual task and skills, and the required low vision device are prescribed. For the convenience of the patients most of the prescribed devices are made available in the department itself and training to utilize the same is also been imparted.



What are causes of low vision?

There are different causes of low vision

  • Diabetic retinopathy due to diabetes Mellitus.
  • Glaucoma
  • Age related macular degeneration.
  • Albinism
  • Retinitis pigmentosa.
  • Optic Atrophy
  • High refractive error.
  • Eye injuries.
  • Retinal detachment.
  • H.M.D
  • Hypertensive retinopathy due to high blood sugar.


Services at Low Vision center.

Patients with low vision can be helped with different devices depending upon their visual task and occupational requirements.

Low Vision Devices :

  • Telescopes.
  • Hand –held magnifiers.
  • Stand Magnifiers
  • C.C.T.V.
  • Illuminated Hand –held Magnifiers.
  • Illuminated Stand Magnifiers.



Low vision patients are first investigated and then devices are prescribed. Before dispensing patients are trained to use these devices which would help them to carry on their day-to-day activities.

Rehabilitation implies a comprehensive approach that focuses on rehabilitating an individual to his/her maximum potential.



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