Visual rehabilitation also aides in improving the vision for those that currently suffer from low vision. Low vision is a broad term used to describe significant visual impairments that unfortunately can’t be fully corrected with traditional vision therapy or ocular prosthetic devices such as glasses, contacts, eye surgery, or medication. Low vision is a rather frustrating condition and can affect how a person participates in everyday tasks such as driving, sightseeing, and viewing TV/computer screens.
If you or a family member suffers from an eye disorder such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, or macular degeneration, it’s essential to have a comprehensive low vision examination conducted by a low vision specialist as soon as you can. A low vision specialist is a trained professional with specialized knowledge about optimizing a patient’s remaining vision as well as the treatment of low vision, limited visual abilities, and use of optical devices. By seeking treatment from an expert at Geneva Eye Care, you are in the best of hands, as we work together to preserve and improve upon your functional vision.
Often called a functional eye exam, a low vision examination differs from a traditional eye exam by focusing directly on how your vision impairments are affecting your day-to-day life. During your exam, we will utilize low vision eye charts and various tests to determine the severity of your low vision, such as the dilated internal examination, the optical coherence tomography (OCT) test, and the tonometry test.
In preparing for your low vision exam, know that there is nothing to worry about, as our rehabilitation center specializes in tailoring treatments to our patients’ exact concerns and needs. While there are some similar cases, each patient may not experience the exact same issues with their vision, which is why it’s so important to be upfront and honest during your time with our staff so we can best address your specific vision concerns.
Low vision examinations and devices are typically not covered by vision insurance, but it’s recommended that you check your policy to confirm your coverage and treatment options before paying out of pocket or setting up a payment plan with our office. Depending on the severity of your case, low vision devices may even help you drive on your own or help you become more self-sufficient in reading, cooking, and watching TV.