Patients who have visual impairments that interfere with the ability to perform everyday activities and who are unable to gain sharp, clear vision through the typical treatments such as the use of corrective lenses, medicine and surgery, are considered to have low vision. These patients need to see a Bernards eye specialist who specializes in low vision.
More than one million American suffer from low vision. Some of the most common causes are serious eye diseases and conditions. They include: Macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, retinopathy of prematurity, retinal detachment, cataracts (when cataract surgery isn’t possible), glaucoma, and acquired traumatic brain injury. They are among the serious conditions that commonly cause low vision. These conditions are very difficult to deal with for the patients and their families. A good low vision Bernards eye specialist, such as ours at Somerset Hills Eye Care Center. We have a compassionate team that understands how to work with and support the fearful and upset patients and families. Our doctor and the rest of our staff have the experience and knowledge but also the necessary resources to help them to adjust to this difficult situation. The low vision eye doctor provides vision therapy or vision rehabilitation to patients who suffer from low vision. Vision therapy is the process of restoring the functional ability and improving the quality of life and independence of these patients. The eye doctor uses a variety of special aides to help his low vision patients. He can help them by providing them with special glasses, special magnifiers, and electronic and non-optical low vision devices. Low vision therapy is a team effort that not only involves the low vision eye doctor but also other professionals. Some of these professionals include: rehabilitation teachers, occupational therapists, technicians and orientation specialists. The eye doctor will refer the patient to these other specialists for assistance as needed.
To learn more about low vision therapy, contact our office. We will be happy to schedule your consultation with our Bernards eye specialist.