An optometrist who provides low-vision rehabilitation services can help people with low vision recover their independence. Patients with low vision can learn a variety of techniques to assist in performing different activities with the remaining vision they possess.
A low vision evaluation is different from a standard eye examination as it is not focused on diagnosing or treating eye disease, but rather on helping the patient to find ways to continue to do daily activities despite the vision loss. The low vision examination is not a quick exam, as the doctor usually spends twice as long as a regular eye exam. The vision rehabilitation process should be started as soon as the patient experiences a loss of vision.
If you or a family member has one or more eye disorders such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy, it is important to have a comprehensive low vision examination.
Many Medicare carriers now have policies that cover some vision rehabilitation services. Ask us about this type of coverage.
Dr. Rocio Alicea is credential by the Department of Rehabilitation and Services of the Blind of Connecticut.
Vision enhancing devices to consider:
* Hand-held magnifiers
* Stand magnifiers
* Spectacle magnifiers
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