The goal of our Low Vision Services is to enable people with low vision to improve their ability to use their remaining vision so they can be independent and better able to meet the demands of everyday living.
Our Low Vision Services provide a comprehensive range of vision rehabilitation services, including:
- Assessment, prescription, instruction and rehabilitation
- Provision of tools and equipment needed for someone with low vision to adapt to their environment
- Follow-up: ensuring compliance with prescription and good care of the correction, repair or replacement of spectacles if needed.
- Information and referral for medical, social, educational, and vocational services
- Liaison with applicable groups serving the low vision population
- Consultation with and referral to other specialty clinics
What is Low Vision?
Low Vision is not the same as blindness. People with low vision still have some useful vision except it cannot be totally restored by conventional glasses, contact lenses, medical treatment, or surgery.
What are the major causes of low vision?
Low vision can be due to an injury, heredity, aging, or disease. Some of the most common causes of low vision are glaucoma, macular degeneration, trauma, diabetic retinopathy, optic atrophy, retinitis pigmentosa, retinal detachment, and stroke. Regardless of the cause of low vision, we offer patients options that will enable them to use their vision to its fullest potential.
How is the low vision patient helped?
We start our low vision examination by finding out from you about the history of your vision loss, what difficulties you are having performing tasks such as writing, reading, cooking, personal hygiene, and watching television. We will find out from you the activities you have discontinued or have difficulty performing due to the vision loss. Throughout the examination we will be looking for ways to help you accomplish the tasks and activities that you desire.