Low Vision Rehabilitation
Vision is measured on a spectrum from 20/20 vision to no light perception. Low vision or vision impairment refers to reduced vision that cannot be corrected further with conventional glasses, contact lenses, medicine, and/or surgery.
Vision impairment can be caused by a variety of eye conditions including congenital impairment, acquired impairment and age-related vision loss. Such loss is often debilitating and impacts the independence and quality of life of an individual. Our clinical team provides comprehensive low vision rehabilitation, including assessing a patient’s visual impairment and developing a customized plan based on the person’s goals.
At the Janet L. LaBreck Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation, our goal is to help each patient with vision impairment maximize visual function at home, work, and in everyday life. From our specialized exam rooms and evaluation equipment to a wide variety of visual assistive equipment, our highly specialized doctors work with patients to find the options that best meet their individual needs.
Vision rehabilitation is a process that begins through a comprehensive history and evaluation to understand the degree of vision impairment. Our team then works with patients to determine if optical solutions (e.g. specialized glasses, hand/stand magnifiers or filters for glare control) or non-optical solutions (e.g. reading guides, appropriate lighting, large print, audio books, sensory substitution) are part of the solution for the patient.
Our team coordinates care with the full interdisciplinary team including occupational therapists, orientation and mobility specialists, and social service agencies to maximize the safety, independence, and quality of life of each patient.
Your low vision optometrist might recommend assistive devices, many of which are available through the Optical Shop.