Low Vision Clinic
What is Low Vision?
Low vision is vision loss from an eye disease that impairs a person’s ability to perform daily tasks, even with new glasses.
What is a Low Vision Exam?
A low vision exam is very different from a traditional eye exam. The purpose of a low vision exam will be to address a specific goal. Here are some examples of common vision tasks that a patient may find difficult, even when wearing eyeglasses:
- Reading newspapers, magazines or books
- Watching TV
- Spotting street signs
- Reading price tags, menus, medicine bottles
- Seeing oven dials & settings
- Recognizing faces
With the help of the correct low vision devices, patients can achieve these vision tasks.
What to expect from a Low Vision Exam?
- Determining the right low vision aids to meet your specific goals
- Exploring different sunglasses to reduce glare and enhance contrast
- Review of proper lighting while reading
- Discussion about mobility and safety in your home
How much does it cost?
Your medical insurance will cover the low vision exam and follow up visits. Unfortunately, medical insurance does not cover low vision aids and they generally cost about the same as a new pair of glasses. There is a $50.00 fee for the low vision refraction that is not covered by insurance.