The Eye Associates Group LLC
Hartford City, IN
A low vision examination may require more than three hours. Please plan your transportation to allow a minimum of four hours at our facility. You will be given the opportunity to break for lunch. If you have special health needs and require a shorter initial examination, please contact our offices in advance. Since we have allowed four hours for your examination, please contact our office at least 48 hours in advance to reschedule.
The Low Vision Examination
The low vision examination is composed of several parts.
HISTORY: Your ocular, medical, and functional history will be reviewed with extensive questions about your ability to perform day-to-day activities such as cooking, shopping, television viewing, driving, writing, etc.
PRELIMINARY TESTING:Your functional visual status will be evaluated with a variety of special tests including contrast sensitivity, color vision, auto refractive scans and visual field examinations.
LOW VISION REFRACTION: Your refractive prescription will be measured with low vision techniques that make it easier for you to respond.
LOW VISION AID EXAM AND TITRATION: A variety of low vision systems will be evaluated to determine their ability to help you function better. Theses may include
and Light Control
Microscopic Reading Eyewear
Low Vision Magnifiers
Closed Circuit Television Systems
Independent Living Aids
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: The doctor will review your problems, discuss the possible rehabilitation plans and help you select the best option for you. Our staff will also introduce you to the many services available to the visually impaired. Theses include:
Bibles on Tape
Handicapped Parking Permits
Large Print Services
FITTING AND TRAINING: If low vision systems are prescribed, fitting and training will be performed to teach you how to properly utilize each low vision system. Special low vision eyewear may be prescribed and fitted by our staff. If you require general (non low vision) eyewear and your referring doctor provides such eyewear, you will be refereed back to your doctor for the general eyewear.
REPORTS TO YOUR DOCTOR: Our doctors will report their findings to your original doctor. If other reports are needed please advise us.
FOLLOW-UP CARE: After you have used your low vision aid, a follow-up evaluation will be scheduled to determine your progress.
Please Bring To Your Examination:
Any Eyewear, sunglasses, reading glasses, magnifiers or other devices you currently use to aid your vision.
Samples of any reading material, newspapers, bills, newsletter's or music you would like help in seeing.
A list of medications you are taking or bring all your medications.
Your insurance information (cards, forms, etc.)
Any records or information you have on your eye problems.
NOTE ! Please wear sunglasses to your examination to lessen sun exposure (photostress effect) before your examination. Do not drive to the examination, your eyes may be dilated during the examination.
We accept assignment from Medicare and many vision insurance plans. Major medical plans and Medicare may help cover parts of the examination costs. Unfortunately, Medicare and many insurance plans may not cover the cost of the low vision devices. We also except Medicaid. Medicaid does provide coverage for many low vision systems. There is no charge to complete your insurance forms.
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