Low vision is a condition in which vision cannot be corrected by glasses, contacts, surgery or medicine. People who have vision loss are said to be visually impaired or to have low vision and their vision loss is usually caused by an underlying eye disease. A variety of disorders that affect the eye (many age-related) can cause an individual to become visually impaired and these include: macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts and retinitis pigmentosa.
Having low vision is actually the third most commonly occurring physical impairment in those over 65, exceeded only by heart disease and arthritis. In the United States, estimates of those with low vision range from 3 million to over 20 million people.
Those with low vision typically have difficulty reading, writing, watching television, recognizing people’s faces or engaging in other daily living tasks. They also have difficulty with mobility because they cannot see that well and that can lead to safety issues like falling.
Fortunately, many people who are visually impaired can be helped with a service called low vision care. This is a professional service provided by an ophthalmologist, optometrist, optician or a vision rehabilitation professional who specializes in helping visually impaired patients maximize their remaining vision. This care usually involves an exam or evaluation and the providing of solutions called low vision aids that include both optical and electronic magnification devices as well as non-optical products such as task lighting.
Most people with vision loss can be helped by the low vision care provided by a professional with the end goal of the care being to help those with low vision overcome the limiting effects of their visual impairment so that they can remain as independent and safe as possible and so they can enjoy a high quality of life.
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The doctor who cares for our Low Vision patients is Dr. Vijay Shenai. His passion for low vision grew even before Optometry School. Dr. Shenai’s father was visually impaired due to a hit and run accident that occurred almost 1 year before Dr. Shenai would be accepted into Optometry school. His father, who was not expected to live through this tragic accident, made almost a full recovery. He had some brain damage which impaired some reflexes, and his field of vision was completely lost in one eye and almost half of the vision temporally in the other eye. Because of the combination of loss of vision and reflexes, Mr. Shenai had much physical, occupational and visual therapy to complete. Dr. Shenai got to help in this process and enjoyed watching as his dad was able to regain much of his independence through hard work and practice. During his schooling at Nova Southeastern University of Optometry, Dr. Shenai was able to complete one of his rotations as the Lighthouse for the Visually Disabled and Blind at Broward County, which rekindled his passion for this population of patients. And now Dr. Shenai has started and runs the Low Vision Clinic at True Focus Eye Care with that same passion and care for all patients in need of this service.
ABOUT YOUR APPOINTMENT
You have an appointment for a low vision evaluation. This appointment will allow us to determine if we can help you effectively use your remaining vision with the help of magnifying vision aids and other devices. Please understand that your loss of vision cannot be restored; however, we may be able to recommend some devices that will help you with certain tasks. We will also provide you with a list of local resources that may be of help.
PREPARING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Prior to your appointment, please complete the PATIENT QUESTIONNAIRE that is enclosed and bring it with you to the appointment. The purpose of this questionnaire is to identify specific problems that you may be experiencing due to your vision loss. For example, following are some common vision tasks that many of my patients find difficult, even while wearing their eyeglasses:
- Reading newspapers, magazines, or books
- Watching TV
- Spotting street signs
- Reading price tags, menus, medicine bottles
- Seeing oven dials & settings
- Recognizing faces
Please begin your diary/questionnaire starting today and list daily the different vision tasks that you find difficult and answer the other questions.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE APPOINTMENT
A spouse, relative or friend is encouraged to accompany you.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
Please bring any eyeglasses, sunglasses or magnifying glasses that you are presently using. In addition, bring the “tools” that are involved with the most important task that you are having difficulty with (such as those you listed on the PATIENT QUESTIONNAIRE). For example, if you are having difficulty reading a particular book, bring that book with you to the appointment. If you are having difficulty with cross-stitching, bring the needles, the pattern, the thread, the directions, etc.
If you are covered by Medicare, your examination may be covered. More than one-vision aids may be recommended during the evaluation. These vision aids are not covered by Medicare (like eye glasses) or most private insurance plans. So please be prepared to pay for any devices that help you with your visual needs.
THE LOW VISION EVALUATION PROCESS
Please keep in mind that this is your initial visit. We will probably need to meet several times to ensure that you receive the best prescription for your eyes and that the vision tasks and goals that you want to accomplish are attained. You will need to learn how to use the devices and how to take care of them so they will maximize your remaining vision. It will require some hard work on your part so don’t be disappointed if it takes some weeks to be efficient using them.
FOR QUESTIONS please call (727) 819-0440
LOW VISION PATIENT FORMS