What is low vision rehabilitation care at The Eye Center?
Low vision rehabilitation is a specialty which is necessary when vision loss no longer responds to a change in eyeglass correction for a significant improvement of vision. A low vision physician will assess vision needs and offer each patient whatever help is available through eyeglass corrections, counseling, education, and rehabilitative skills. We can also provide adaptive vision aids and referrals to other low vision aids if needed.
Why we do it-what separates us from other ophthalmology practices?
Doctors sometimes diagnose advanced eye disease and have to give the news that vision loss has become a part of one’s life. However, what happens to each patient after such news has been received is too often left to that patient alone. The motivation with low vision therapy is to guide and assist people as they live their life each day with reduced sight and help them to adjust to their new world.
A patient’s general eye doctor is usually the first contact one has learning of their sever visual loss. It is then necessary to refer that patient to an appropriate low vision specialist to make sure that additional time is provided, all questions answered and a clear plan is set for for rehabilitation. This is our priority here for complete care of our patients.
What does a low vision exam involve?
- Check for best eyeglass correction above and beyond standard powers.
- Introduce vision aids when applicable to be used with the best corrective eyeglasses.
What do we mean by vision aids?
Desktop video Magnifiers are used to read magazines and letter, view family photo’s, write checks or engage in your favorite hobby, all in the comfort of your home or office.
Handheld video magnifier that can slip into a pocket or purse, giving you easy access to menus, prescription labels, letters, photos and much more. Can magnify items 2 to 14 times the original size and has a built in LED light for dark rooms.
Dr. Siegel teaches patients the proper way to use handheld magnifiers that come in many different powers.
Request an appointment with our low vision physician to schedule a consultation at one of our offices in Edison, Warren, or Piscataway, NJ.
More than 100 iOS apps designed for blind and low vision users can be found at https://www.applevis.com/apps/ios-apps-for-blind-and-vision-impaired