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 evaluation is very different from a traditional eye health exam. The purpose of a low vision evaluation will be to address a specific goal. Here are some examples of common vision tasks that someone may find difficult, even when wearing glasses:
- Reading newspapers, magazines or books
- Watching TV
- Using a computer
- Reading price tags, menus, medicine bottles
- Seeing oven dials & microwave buttons
- Recognizing faces
Often glasses alone do not accomplish these goals but with proper devices such as magnifiers or telescopes, these vision tasks can be enjoyed again.
What to expect?
- 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
- Updated glasses prescription if necessary*
How much does it cost?
Your medical insurance will cover a low vision evaluation and progress visits. Unfortunately, medical insurance does not cover low vision devices and cost is similar to a new pair of glasses.
*Not all patients will require new glasses, if indicated a $50 refraction to determine the glasses prescription will apply.