A low-vision evaluation will help you and your doctor find ways to
make the best use of your remaining vision.
Your doctor will ask questions to find out how your vision loss has
affected your life and what changes you have already made to cope with reduced
vision. Talk with your doctor about your needs and goals. Questions may include
Other questions may deal with your current living situation, whether
you live alone, and what sort of assistance is available to you. Your family
members or others close to you may also be asked to provide information.
Your doctor will do visual tests to find out the quality of your
remaining vision, including:
Your doctor may also conduct vision tests for brightness acuity
(which may show how sensitive you are to glare), color perception, and how well
your eyes work together to provide depth perception.
A low-vision evaluation may also include consultations with
specialists such as an occupational therapist or a social worker who can
provide counseling and training on dealing with reduced vision to help you
keep your quality of life as much as possible. If you are working with your
primary care doctor, the consultations will also include an eye care specialist
such as an ophthalmologist or optometrist. Your own eye doctor may refer you to
another who specializes in low-vision evaluation and rehabilitation.
To understand your home environment and your needs, a low-vision
evaluation may also include home visits by your doctor or by rehabilitation
When the evaluation is complete, you and your doctor will be able to
identify ways for you to make the best use of your remaining vision.
November 12, 2012
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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