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At the Low Vision Service at University Eye Center, we believe that something can be done for patients dealing with low vision.

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Low Vision Services

Some patients have been told that “nothing more can be done” for their low vision, that their reduced vision or loss of side vision cannot be corrected by any standard means. They have had to accept that daily tasks like reading, writing, watching TV and walking will be permanently difficult by their “incurable” low vision. Although low vision rehabilitation cannot restore vision loss, most patients can benefit from services to make the most of their remaining sight. 

Low vision evaluation
Our comprehensive low vision evaluation carefully assesses the patient’s current visual status, identifies the goals and visual needs and designs an individualized rehabilitation program to meet these needs. Additional services include helping visually impaired patient utilize computers with adaptive equipment and assessing if visually impaired patients can drive with limited licenses.

Rehabilitative measures include highly specialized eyeglasses and a full range of low vision devices such as hand and stand magnifiers, telescopes, microscopes and electronic magnification systems. Our technology center enables us to evaluate patients for CCTVs, computer adaptations and modifications and other state-of-the-art high-tech devices.

Other measures available include sunwear evaluations, lighting and environmental design consultations to maximize function in the patient’s real world setting. We will also provide social services and referrals for Orientation and Mobility Training and Activities of Daily Living Programs as needed.

Conditions which benefit from low vision services:
  • Macular degeneration
  • Cataract
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Optic atrophy
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Stroke

Low vision services include the prescription of:
  • Special spectacles with lenses and prisms
  • Hand and stand magnifiers
  • Telescopic and microscopic systems
  • State-of-the-art technology systems