Low Vision is classified as having a visual impairment or decreased vision that cannot be fully corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery. Individuals whose best corrected vision is less than 20/70 in their better eye are classified as having low vision. If an individual is no longer able to meet the requirements to drive they have low vision. These individuals would benefit from a low vision examination.
A Low Vision Examination or Vision Rehabilitation Assessment is different from a routine eye examination given by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. This examination is provided by an optometrist or ophthalmologist who specialize or has a special interest in low vision in order to determine the how to maximize or enhance the remaining vision of an individual living with a vision impairment. This examination usually takes between 1 hr to 1.5 hrs.
The goal of the examination is to determine the best vision solutions based on an individuals visual goals. More time is spent to determine the best possible eyeglass prescription by evaluating if prisms may be of benefit to alter the focal positioning of the eyeglass lenses in order to use a healthier area of the retina. Once this is evaluated the near functional vision is assessed and if need be higher magnification of lenses are introduced. Specialized tinted lenses are introduced to determine if this would help with contrast and decrease glare.
For reading and near work, various illuminated and non-illuminated magnifiers, high powered prismatic glasses and digital video magnifiers are evaluated. This is followed by showing various telescopic and headborne binocular aids that may be of assistance for distance viewing in order to see faces, TV, sporting/theatre events and other distance viewing tasks.
Instruction on how to maximize activities of daily living are also provided as part of the rehabilitation services. If you or a loved one are living with vision loss, know that there are many vision aids that may be of benefit beyond traditional eyeglasses and contact lenses. Please contact our office to book your Low Vision Assessment with Dr. Ana Juricic.