Low vision is surprisingly common. Next to heart disease
and arthritis, low vision affects a large segment of the
population. It can afflict people of all ages, from
infants to those over the age of 65.
A variety of disorders that affect the eye (many
age-related) can cause an individual to become visually
impaired and these include: Macular Degeneration,
Diabetic Retinopathy, Glaucoma and Retinitis Pigmentosa.
What is Low Vision Care?
The goal of Low Vision care is to help those with low
vision to overcome the handicapping effects of their
visual impairment. Based on individual lifestyle needs,
solutions will be sought to help each patient achieve
their visual goals. With proper training, education, and
use of low vision aids, we help patients use his
remaining vision to its best advantage.
What are Low Vision Aids?
Low Vision Aids (or simply Vision Aids) are special lens
systems designed to improve visual acuity. Vision Aids
may take the form of optical products such as
magnifiers, telescopes, high-powered spectacles,
absorptive filters or electronic devices (CCTV’s). In
addition there are a number of non-optical Vision Aids
and these include large-print reading materials, writing
and signature guides, and computer enlarging programs
What can I expect from the Low Vision Care I
Our office has provided Low Vision Rehabilitation for
over 20 years. With ongoing care, we help the visually
impaired to meet their visual goals. An initial Low
Vision evaluation may take approximately one hour, but
additional follow-up visits of 15-20 minutes may be
needed until all of the visual goals have been
satisfied. One thing that should be kept in mind is that
Low Vision Rehabilitation will not restore lost sight.
Instead, this care assists the visually impaired in
maximizing their remaining functional vision.
How much will it cost?
If you are covered by Medicare, your low vision
evaluation may be covered, at least in part. The Vision
Aids that may be recommended however are not covered by
Medicare or most other private insurance plans.
How do I get started?
Contact our office to schedule a Low Vision Evaluation!
To prepare you for your first visit, we will send you an
informative letter and questionnaire to help you
identify your visual goals. Please bring any eyeglasses,
magnifiers or other products that you are currently
using. These will greatly assist our staff in putting
together a management plan just for you.