Examination of the Individual with Vision Impairment

In addition to the comprehensive ophthalmic examination, the eye care physician (optometrist or ophthalmologist) provides the following components of care:

  • The extended case history
  • Diagnosis, qualification, and quantification of functional manifestations of ocular disease and level of visual impairment
  • Determination and prescription of treatment options, including, but not limited to, optical correction, magnification, selective absorption filters, and assistive devices/technologies to be integrated in a goal-directed treatment plan, including delineation of compensatory strategies and therapies
  • Impression of prognosis of patient benefit from participation in a vision rehabilitation therapy program
  • Establishment and coordination of a plan of care, including specification of a schedule for physician follow-up to assess therapeutic outcomes and need for continued care

Approved by the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees, October 2004