Low Vision Clinic
A low vision evaluation will be performed after your eye doctor has given you a complete eye exam. The evaluation is designed to accurately measure how your vision works in the real world – seeing faces, signs, stove dials and other visual clues that guide you through your day. Your visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and visual field will be tested to find blurry or distorted areas. You will be asked many questions about your eyesight and light, glare, contrast and color. You will also have a chance to discuss how declining vision is affecting your day-to-day life.
Medicare assignment and almost all insurances are accepted by the doctor at The Sight Center. No insurance program provides devices; however, there are resources that can sometimes be accessed to help with the cost of vision devices. We will help you find those resources.
After the evaluation is completed, the doctor will prescribe a variety of optical devices to enhance your visual functioning. Then, our staff will help you evaluate which devices work best for you and which devices you feel are appropriate to your goals.
Low vision devices may enhance or enlarge objects being viewed. They may produce an enlarged or clearer image on the retina of the eye, which then may help you use your remaining vision more effectively and comfortably.
Magnifiers and low vision devices are available for purchase at The Sight Center. These devices may be as simple as a pocket magnifying glass or as sophisticated as an electronic video magnifier. You will have time to try the devices and practice using them in our office before choosing what is best suited to your needs.
In some circumstances, devices can be loaned for home evaluation.