We are eye care professionals helping those who are visually impaired to
choose visual options to obtain a goal and maintain dignity.
We recognize that this evaluation and management is part of the continuum of eye care.
We bring to the evaluation honesty, compassion, empathy, and certainty of direction.
We do not prejudge the motivational needs and desires of our patients.
- What is visual impairment?
- What can be done?
- How do I know this can help me?
- How do I prepare for the initial visit?
What is visual impairment?
- A visual impairment is a vision loss resulting in a significant limitation of the visual capability (reading, writing, and other activities of daily living) of an individual resulting from disease, trauma, or congenital or degenerative conditions that cannot be corrected by conventional means, such as refractive correction, medication, or surgery.
What can be done?
- Through a low vision evaluation, the level of useful vision can be assessed and treatment options specific to a patient’s goal can be addressed. A rehabilitation plan is then determined which can include special lens options designed specifically for doing close activities like reading, writing, identifying medications, or for distance activities like watching television. Other devices, both optical and electronic, may be explored based on a patient’s situation. Recommendations are also given for strategies to improve functioning in the patient’s environment.
How do I know this can help me?
- The only way to know is to be evaluated. Many people are astounded to learn that they have useable vision that can be uncovered with the appropriate device and rehabilitative training.
How do I prepare for the initial visit?
It will be helpful if you think about specific problems you are having at home, work, or school, that are related to your vision. This may include problems with reading, watching television, getting around, playing cards, sewing, knitting, woodworking, or other social or recreational activities.
You should bring the following:
- Any eyewear, sunglasses, reading glasses, magnifiers or other devices you currently use to aid your vision.
- Samples of any reading material, newspapers, bills, newsletters, or music you would like help in seeing.
- A list of medications you are taking
- Your insurance information (cards, forms, etc.)
- Any records or information you have on your eye condition.