Some people develop vision loss after certain eye conditions, eye injuries, stroke or from birth defects. While vision that is lost usually cannot be restored, many people can make the most of the vision they have. A low vision optometrist helps patients enhance their remaining vision by prescribing special low vision eyeglasses, magnifiers, telescopes, electronic low vision aids, prisms to expand the visual field, and non-optical aids. Low vision optometrists and opticians provide training on how to use these devices.
As an optometrist with a special interest in low vision, Dr. Staci Anderson works with patients to make the most of their remaining vision. Before the low vision evaluation can take place, you need to have a recent dilated eye examination with your optometrist or ophthalmologist. A low vision evaluation does not take the place of your scheduled eye examinations and follow-up visits. Before you come to your appointment, think about the things you are having the most trouble with, and rank them in order of importance. If possible, bring these items to your appointment (example: books, newspaper, checkbook). You should also bring any glasses, magnifiers or other devices you have used, even if they do not work well. At your appointment, Dr. Anderson will check your vision and do a careful determination of your glasses prescription. She will assess your visual needs and recommend one or more low vision devices to meet your primary goal. This may be glasses, magnifiers, telescopes, or electronic devices. Our office carries a variety of low vision aids that you can try at your appointment, and we offer the best in Low Vision devices from Eschenbach. You will be trained on how to use each device by our opticians experienced in low vision. We recommend returning to see Dr. Anderson two weeks after you receive your new low vision aid for a follow up appointment to assess how the new device is performing and to work toward any other visual goals you might have. We will provide additional demonstration and training if needed.