Low Vision Care

Woman over 70 years old holding her glasses

The doctors at Eye Care Associates of Haslett & Perry realize that vision is one of the most precious senses.

Experiencing loss or impaired vision diminishes your quality of life. It reduces your ability to be independent and self-sufficient. 

Our doctors understand this. That is why it is their goal to ensure all our patients receive exceptional care.  We offer the most up to date products and services available.

With age, your risk of developing certain eye diseases and conditions increases. If you take preventative measures, along with early detection, education, and treat conditions when necessary, the progression of these can be slowed or even stopped. 

Studies show that over 80 percent of global blindness is preventable or treatable with early intervention. Today, an estimated 180 million people worldwide are visually disabled and suffer from disabling visual impairment. Of these, 40-45 million people are blind, and cannot walk without assistance. 

Our doctors are specialized in the areas of geriatric and low vision care. Services are available to help patients who have suffered vision loss due to an eye condition or disease. 

We accept numerous vision and medical insurances. Please call our office to schedule an appointment, and we will be happy to check insurance benefits for you or your clients. We look forward to serving you and providing the best possible quality of life for yourself, your loved ones, and your clients.

What Is Low Vision?

Low vision is a term for patients with vision that is impaired to the point that glasses, contact lenses, and surgical and medical treatment cannot correct their vision. Low vision is often when there is a loss in the sharpness or acuity of vision. 

It may also include visual field loss, light sensitivity, or distorted vision. Low vision is the result of partial but irreversible vision loss. People suffering from low vision will struggle daily to perform activities. 

What Is a Low Vision Examination?

At a low vision exam, you will first receive a functional eye exam. An eye exam will test how your vision affects your day-to-day life. For example, do you struggle to see oncoming traffic while crossing the street?

Before beginning our low vision care, it is important to note that the point of this care is not to increase your vision. The goal is to allow you to use your remaining vision, along with low vision aids or tools, to complete the activities that are most important to you.  

What Causes Low Vision?

Low vision can result from a large variety of eye diseases, disorders, and injuries that affect the eye. Many people with low vision have conditions like:

  • Age-related macular degeneration
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Retinitis pigmentosa
  • Corneal diseases
  • Optic nerve atrophy
  • Stroke 

Age-related macular degeneration accounts for almost 45 percent of all cases of low vision. 

What Is Low Vision Care?

The goal of low vision care is to help preserve your remaining sight. Low vision care will not reverse any damage that has already occurred. But it can help you keep the sight you have left.

When Should I Pursue Low Vision Care?

You should begin low vision care as soon as you experience loss of vision.

What Are Low Vision Aids?

There are many kinds of low vision aids available. Your eye doctor may recommend one of the following:

  • Handheld magnifiers: Some handheld magnifiers use LED lights to aid in the clarity of an image. These tend to be more popular, but many of our patients still prefer the traditional, Sherlock Holmes-style magnifying glass.
  • Prism Lenses: Prismatic microscopic reading eyewear is high power reading glasses that include a strong prism component. This allows both eyes to read together. Eschenbach makes a variety of options. 
  • Desktop Magnifiers: Electronic video magnifiers, also called CCTVs, are the most universally useful of all tools for someone who struggles with seeing detailed vision.

Eyeglasses with High Powered Lenses

These glasses are often thinner while still providing adequate vision correction for patients with low vision that have higher prescriptions. 

Distance Vision Correction

The Eschenbach Max TV Glasses are an interesting find. Users note that these glasses allow them to easily read the closed captions on TV and are great for visual clarity.

Electronic Glasses 

Electronic eyewear enhances vision for people living with central vision loss, blurry vision, blind spots, and more. 

What Should I Look for in Low Vision Care Services?

Choosing the right vision care team is essential. You should look for health care professionals who create a safe, friendly environment. You may work with one or more of the following:

  • An eye doctor
  • A low-vision specialist
  • An occupational therapist
  • A rehabilitation teacher
  • An orientation and mobility specialist
  • A social worker
  • A counselor
  • An assisting technology professional

For any rehabilitation, ask if they provide a low vision evaluation. Ideally, a trained eye doctor will be the one performing this evaluation. 

You will also want to ask about low vision aids. Are those devices loaned and then returned, or will you need to buy them? 

Finally, inquire about rehabilitation training. Are there any home assessments or support groups available?

How Much Does Low Vision Care Cost?

In some cases, low vision care is directly billed to Medicare or insurance. For veterans, the Veterans Administration will likely cover any necessary evaluations and devices. 

In some situations, you may have to pay for these services yourself. Feel free to schedule a consultation with our office to review your options. 

Looking for A Low Vision Aid to Fight Vision Loss?

Schedule an appointment today to experience the EyeCare Associates of Haslett & Perry difference. Call 517.339.4100 or click here.

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