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Vision Rehabilitation Clinic

As our population ages, more and more individuals are suffering from visual impairment from diseases such as Age Related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy.  Others suffer vision loss from trauma or conditions that they are born with.  Whatever the cause of vision loss, the Doctors and Staff at North Shore Eye Health and Wellness are here to help through our Vision Rehabilitation Clinic. 

We will develop a targeted plan to enhance your remaining vision with special low vision eyeglasses, microscopic, telescopic and electronic low vision aids.  We welcome referrals and will work in conjunction to co-manage your vision with your current Optometrist or Ophthalmologist. Our goal is to help our patients regain some independence in such activities as reading, paying bills, recognizing faces, maintaining balance and walking, enjoying hobbies, returning to work, managing household tasks, driving, and classroom participation.

Do You Need a Low Vision Consultation?

  • Does your vision affect your daily living?
  • Do you have problems with homemaking (e.g., cooking, shopping, spills in the kitchen, finding things in the house)?
  • Are you having difficulty with grooming, dressing, applying makeup, shaving?
  • Do you find yourself falling or nearly falling, slipping, or bumping into things?
  • Are you having trouble walking or getting around?
  • Is it hard to read?
  • Are you having difficulty with medication, pills, or eye drops?
  • Have you had to give up hobbies?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions or are having other difficulties due to vision problems, you may benefit from a Low Vision Consultation. You’ll receive an evaluation of the functional problems caused by vision loss focused on your personal vision needs and goals. The doctor then determines what devices may help you perform tasks you find difficult.

What to Expect During a Low Vision Consulation

An appointment for a Low Vision Consultation with North Shore Eye Health and Wellness is one of the most important appointments you can make.  To get the most from the examination, first you must realize that lost vision cannot be restored. Low Vision Rehabilitation is designed to assist you with developing the skills and providing the means to effectively use your remaining vision.

We can help you in three different ways:

  1. By teaching you to use your remaining vision more efficiently through eye movement skills.
  2. By showing you how to perform tasks with the aid of alternative measures such as better lighting, high contrast, enlarged print, and auditory or hearing techniques.
  3. By teaching you how to use special optical devices such as magnifiers, spectacle microscopes, and telescopes. These will improve your ability to see detail but may require you to hold material close to your eyes or see through only a small field of view. The benefits, however, usually far outweigh the limitations if you are truly motivated to see. 

Preparing for Your Appointment

Please think about specific problems you are having at home, work, or school because of your decreased vision. These may include problems with reading, watching TV, getting around, playing cards, sewing, knitting, woodworking, or other social and recreational activities. Some of these problems may not be helped by the options available, but we cannot try to help unless we know what your specific problems are.

Think about those things that you would like to see and do better. Start to think in terms of goals. It will be helpful to write down problem areas or have the person reading this write them down for you—along with the goals you hope to attain.

The initial evaluation may last 1.5 to 2 hours, so please plan for this extended visit. Make sure you schedule around your medications and meals, and select a time when you feel your vision is at its best.

What to bring to the evaluation

Bring any glasses or magnifying glasses you are presently using. If you have any special materials (such as forms, books, needlepoint, and so forth) you want to be able to work with, bring them to the evaluation as well. This is particularly important for material you use at work or school, or for hobbies you wish to pursue.  Also, bring a list of goals that you would like to accomplish to help with specific problems you are having at home, work, or school.

Things to remember

This will be your initial visit. We may need to see you several times to make sure that you are getting the best prescription for your eyes and that the goals you want to accomplish are attained.

Keep in mind through this experience that the best low vision service occurs when you form a partnership with us, one where you and we (your doctors) understand your goals and work together to attain them.