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Sighted Guide

There is a simple and safe way for a pair of people, one sighted and the other with low vision, to get around.  The technique is called "Sighted Guide."  Put simply, the sighted person leads the way while the low vision patient holds their arm.  The low vision patient gently grips the sighted person's arm right above the elbow.  When done correctly, the low vision patient can follow the movements of the sighted person as they move from side to side or up or down stairs.  The technique works even better when the sighted person regularly announces turns and doorways.  We typically can teach the pair of people the technique in one session.  After just one hour, no more pushing and pulling.  Instead, people move around safely and with little effort.