According to the American Foundation for the Blind, low vision optometrists are Doctors of Optometry (OD) who specialize in evaluating and designing a care plan for individuals with low vision. A Low Vision OD's evaluation may consist of a detailed discussion of medical history, eye history, current visual symptoms, and assessments of distance and near acuity, contrast sensitivity, visual fields, etc. After evaluating any visual deficits, the Low Vision Optometrist will discuss functional limitations with the patient in order to learn more about what the patient is having trouble doing in everyday life, such as reading, watching TV, cooking, bathing, dressing, etc.
After evaluation, including trial frame refraction (pictured below in 1st picture), the Low Vision Optometrist may prescribe glasses or various aids, such as prescription-strength magnifying glasses, light filters, or electronic magnifying devices. The OD may also prescribe other services such as occupational therapy, traditional vision rehabilitation classes, orientation and mobility, or counseling services to help the client cope with the emotional effect of losing vision.
The Low Vision Network
The Low Vision Network is a team of various vision rehabilitation professionals. When an individual with functional problems is seen by an ophthalmologist, they are often referred to the Low Vision Network for assessment and treatment of the functional concerns. Individuals referred to the Low Vision Network benefit from collaboration between a low vision optometrist, low vision therapists, assistive technology specialists, and mobility professionals.
If you are a Chattanooga area optometrist or you or a loved one are interested in low vision rehabilitation, contact the Low Vision Network using the information found below.
Please let us know if you have any questions about the Low Vision Network