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Grass Valley, CA 95945
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What is Low Vision?
When ordinary glasses or contact lenses do not give a person the needed vision which is required for daily activities, then that individual is said to have low vision. A person with low vision usually has some level of vision; however, the vision is reduced and limited. Low vision is not the same as blindness.

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 among others.

What can I expect from the Low Vision Care I receive?
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.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider.