Some doctors of optometry specialize in low-vision rehabilitation. They examine, treat and manage the care of patients with visual impairments that can't be fully treated by medical, surgical or conventional eyewear or contact lenses.
Each type of low-vision problem requires a different therapeutic approach. After the optometrist conducts a thorough examination, which will also include tests to determine the patient's current vision status, the optometrist develops a treatment plan.
Treatment plans aim to maximize visual functioning so the patient can comfortably conduct his or her daily activities. The treatment plan may include prescription of glasses, specialized optical systems, therapeutic filters, non-optical options, video magnification or rehabilitation therapy.
The optometrist may also prescribe therapy to enhance remaining visual skills and may refer the patient to other vision rehabilitation professionals, as necessary.