What is a Low Vision Exam?
A Low Vision exam begins with a conversation between the eye doctor and the patient. The eye doctor will consider ways of improving your quality of life, taking into accounts your unique needs.
A Low Vision exam is different from a standard eye test. Rather than checking for visual clarity, an IALVS doctor will check your level of vision to determine how Low Vision is affecting your daily life. The doctor will determine if new, regular glasses can improve your condition, while also discussing your wish list and considering the best solution to help you regain as much day-to-day functioning as possible.
The low vision exam takes about 1 hour.
We encourage you to discuss your specific vision goals with your eye doctor, such as reading, writing, recognizing faces, watching TV, or driving. The doctor will determine which specific areas of your vision (central or peripheral) may be lacking. Based on the exam, we may recommend prescription low vision glasses or a number of low vision aids or devices to help you do what YOU want to do.
Preventative Eye Exams: Early Detection Is Essential
The greater the risk of developing a sight-threatening eye condition, the more important it is to have an annual eye exam. Age is the biggest risk factor for Low Vision. Other risks include diabetes, smoking, and sunlight.
Early detection and appropriate intervention and care may be able to slow down or even halt vision loss. If you notice ANY of the following symptoms, schedule an eye exam immediately.
- Blind spots in your field of view
- Distortion in images
- Sudden deterioration or loss of vision