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Low Vision Assessment and Rehabilitation

Initial Low Vision Management

Environmental Modifications

Figure Ground Perception

"Figure ground" or "visual clutter" describes the difficulty in perceiving multiple objects in close proximity, or an object against a patterned background. The eye must search through the visual clutter to find the desired target. For example, a few pills placed on a solid contrasting placemat may be relatively visible but the same pills placed on a flowered mat would seem to disappear.

Dr. Cole was advised to decrease clutter in his work spaces and to use solid backgrounds behind all important visual targets, particularly in his professional office.

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