Angeles Vision Clinic
LOW VISION REHABILITATION
WHAT IS LOW VISION?
Low Vision services do not cure the cause of the vision problem but rather utilize the remaining vision to its fullest potential. Low vision care does not replace the need for other concurrent treatments such as laser, medication and surgery. Low vision doctors prescribe prescription eyewear, filters, microscopic - telescopic eyewear, magnifiers, adaptive equipment, closed circuit television systems, independent living aids, training and counsel patients.
WHAT IS A LOW VISION
Low Vision Rehabilitation is a team effort often involving the low vision specialist (an optometrist or ophthalmologist), rehabilitation teachers, mobility / orientation specialists, occupational therapists, technicians, and other professions as needed.
DURING A LOW VISION EXAM?
Preliminary test may include assessment of ocular functions such as depth perception, color vision, contrast sensitivity, curvature of the front of the eye. Careful measurements will be made of the visual acuity using low vision test charts followed by low vision refraction. Low vision test charts include a larger range of letters to more accurately determine a starting point for measurement of low vision. A low vision refraction determines the measurement of the patient's prescription by special techniques which may include changing the lighting levels, testing through filters and using larger changes which may be easier for you to view.
If the patient has decreased acuity, the doctor may test with various telescopic systems which magnify distance vision. These may be spectacle mounted or handheld. He may also assess your response to filters to control glare. Various reading aids including strong reading eyewear, magnifiers, electronic magnifiers and even electronic reading machines may be tested.
Visual fields are usually evaluated and if the patient has a reduced visual fields, field enhancing devices may be evaluated and simple therapies to improve the patient's use of their residual field may be prescribed.
Eye health testing will include a biomicroscopic examination of the external eye structures and a dilated internal examination of the retina. Glaucoma tests are performed.
The doctors at Angeles Vision Clinic will counsel you on how your condition will effect your vision and what you may do to enhance and protect your vision. Independent living aids may be reviewed to fit specific patient problems.
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