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 3-4 hours for their first examination. The low vision examination is unlike other eye exams that you may have had in the past. A low vision examination consists of the following:
Comprehensive Functional and Medical History:
This history looks at the at the general medical history of conditions and surgeries, but is in depth as to the areas of difficulty a patient has with their vision like glare and light issues, problems working or going to school, reading, using the computer, issues with peripheral vision and more.
Low Vision Refractive Assessment:
This is the refraction by the doctor to see if the patient will benefit from new general eyewear. Also an assessment for high powered bifocals and computer glasses may be necessary as well.
Low Vision Technology Assessment:
The low vision technology assessment is where the doctor looks at the other functional difficulties a patient has and determines the best low vision devices 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 for the patient.
Ocular Health Assessment:
All low vision patients will have a comprehensive ocular health assessment to review the ocular problems that the patient has. Many times new problems are found that may need treatment or referral for.
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, fundus photography, ocular coherence tomography, fundus photography and/or Useful Field of View testing.
Patient Plan and Education:
Our doctors are committed to educating the patient on their condition and how 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.