Low Vision Examination
Our doctors and staff strive to provide each patient with the newest technology in low vision rehabilitation. Our new patients should plan on being in the office for 2 to 3 hours for their first examination. A low vision examination is unlike other eye exams that you may have had in the past. A low vision examination consists of the following:
Our staff collects information about your overall health and that of your immediate family, medications you are taking (prescription and over-the-counter), smoking, and sun exposure.
This pertains specifically to your eyes. Information regarding how well you can see at present, including any recent changes in your vision, eye diseases that you or your family members have had, previous eye treatments, surgeries, or injuries and the date of your last eye examination are collected.
Low Vision History
This history pertains to how you use your eyes and function in your day to day life. Information regarding when your vision problems began, any prior vision rehabilitation services you’ve had, questions about activities that are becoming difficult for you, such as reading, watching television, recognizing faces, driving, meal preparation, and/or walking indoors and outdoors will be gathered.
Low Vision Refractive Assessment
Low Vision Refraction is done by the doctor to determine your correction and usually takes longer and is more complex than a regular eye glass exam. This is an important step to ensure that you are wearing the best correction possible. Also an assessment for high powered bifocals and computer glasses may be necessary as well.
Low Vision Adaptive Assessment
The low vision adaptive assessment is where the doctor looks at the various functional difficulties a patient has and determines the best low vision devices, tools and strategies that can help achieve the patient’s goals. This could be for reading, watching television, driving, computer use, video technology, field expansion and more. They assess the needs for help with glare and light sensitivity issues as well. Microscopes, telescopes, magnifiers, bioptic systems, sun wear, computer adaptations and video magnifiers are demonstrated and recommended as needed for the patient.
Ocular Health Assessment
All low vision patients have to have completed a comprehensive ocular health assessment. This is usually done by your Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. Patients that have not had a complete eye exam within the past 6 months will be asked to get a comprehensive eye exam prior to seeing the low vision doctor. Patients getting active treatment can check out loaner units until treatment is completed.
Depending on the patient’s condition, there may be the necessity to perform additional testing to assess different aspects of the patient’s vision. These tests can be visual field testing, microperimetry testing (mapping the usable area of your central vision).
Patient Plan and Education
Our doctors are committed to educating patients on their condition and to help them live more productive and active lives. They work with the patient to reach their goals through low vision rehabilitation and devices. They also discuss new research and treatment options about the condition.