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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?

  1. Determining the right low vision aids to meet your specific goals
  2. Exploring different sunglasses to reduce glare and enhance contrast
  3. Review of proper lighting while reading
  4. Discussion about mobility and safety in your home
  5. 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.

If you or a loved one would benefit from a low vision exam, please call our office today. After scheduling an appointment, you will receive a welcome packet from our Low Vision Specialist, Dr. Sarah Koehnemann. Please feel free to contact us at Aker Eye Vision Source with any questions you may have.