Vision Rehabilitation Services

Visual impairment can be very overwhelming and cause individuals to develop a sense of hopelessness. Vision rehabilitation services are intended to improve a patient’s quality of life by maximizing their remaining functional vision and allow patients to maintain a sense of independence in activities of daily living.

Call us today at (323)442-6335 to schedule a vision rehabilitation consultation!

Rachel Young, OD, offers vision rehabilitation services
Rachel Young, OD, offers vision rehabilitation services

What is Low Vision?

  • Low vision is comprised of decreased visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and/or visual field which creates an impingement on an individual’s ability to effectively and independently carry out activities of daily living such as cooking, cleaning, reading the newspaper or watching television.
  • People who suffer from low vision are no longer correctable with standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery
  • 1 in 28 Americans over the age of 40 suffer from Low Vision, according to the National Federation of the Blind
  • Low vision can exist in many forms and to varying degrees, traditionally it is best corrected visual acuity of 20/70 or worse in the better seeing eye

Who Can Benefit?

VRS

  • Moderate to Advanced Stage Glaucoma
  • Intermediate/Advanced Dry and Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Macular Edema secondary to Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa or Stargardt’s Disease
  • Stroke patients with residual visual field defects
  • Ocular Surface Diseases
  • Vision Loss from Injury

What Does a Low Vision Evaluation Consist Of?

Low Vision Exam

Each low vision evaluation is customized to each patients’ unique lifestyle. Here are the general components:

  1. Determination of distance, intermediate and near goals
  2. Determination of difficulties in activities of daily life
  3. Functional vision evaluation
  4. Distance and near visual acuity
  5. Visual field assessment
  6. Trial Frame Refraction
  7. Assessment for distance and near magnification
  8. Tint and filter assessment
  9. Address need for mobility aids and other services

What Vision Rehabilitation Treatments and Devices are Available?

VRS

  • Hand held and pocket magnifiers
  • Stand magnifiers
  • Monocular and Binocular Telescopes
  • Portable Electronic Magnifiers
  • Applications for Smart Phones and Tablets
  • Solar shields/Fit overs
  • Lighting recommendations
  • Rehabilitation treatment plans

Low Vision Devices

Call us today at (323)442-6335 to schedule a vision rehabilitation consultation!

 

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