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 the following:
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 maintain 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 specialists.
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.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Steven T. Charles, MD - Ophthalmology|
|Last Revised||July 20, 2011|
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