Low Vision Exam

Vision exam
During a low-vision exam, a doctor of optometry who provides low-vision rehabilitation will ask the patient for a complete personal and family-general health and eye history. In addition, the doctor will concentrate on the patient's visual difficulties, asking about how the visual impairment is affecting the patient's daily activities, computer use, reading, traveling, ability to recognize faces, functioning in the kitchen, driving, working, television viewing, attending school and participating in hobbies.  The doctor will also screen for depression that is more common with vision loss

Low-vision doctors perform specialized refraction and thoroughly examine each eye. In addition, the doctors will measure the patient's visual acuity using special low-vision test charts. These charts include a larger range of letters or numbers to more accurately determine the level of vision impairment. They may also evaluate the patient's visual fields, investigate a patient's glare, contrast sensitivity and reading ability.

At the conclusion of the evaluation, the doctor will create a comprehensive, individual rehabilitation plan based on the patient's visual abilities and goals. The vision rehabilitation will often happen over several visits to the clinic. 

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