Low vision care is most often provided by optometrists practicing either in private offices, clinics, academic eye centers, agencies for the visually impaired or VA Medical Centers. An increasing number of ophthalmologists now offer such services. Low vision specialists are specially trained to evaluate patients, prescribe appropriate low vision aids, and train the individual to use them effectively. Occupational therapists (OTs), Certified Low Vision Therapists (CLVTs) and Orientation and Mobility (O&M) instructors also train individuals to learn to use low vision aids most effectively.
While you may already be visiting an ophthalmologist to manage the health of your eyes, they may not be the professional who will provide the low vision services. So, individuals with a visual impairment may need two eye doctors:
- A Medical eye doctor to manage the eye disorder
- A Low Vision specialist to help you see as well as possible
It’s important to ask for low vision care when you visit your eye specialist.
- If you already visit a low vision specialist ask to be evaluated for Ocutech telescopic low vision aids. If they don’t already prescribe them, have them contact Ocutech, and we’ll get them everything they need.
- If you don’t already visit a low vision specialist, ask your regular eye doctor to refer you or Contact Ocutech and we’ll be happy to suggest an Ocutech prescriber closest to you.
You generally do not need a referral to visit a low vision specialist. You can make your own appointment.
In the United States, many VA Medical Centers provide low vision services for veterans. Access the Veteran’s Administration website to find locations of Blind Rehab Centers and Low Vision Out-Patient Clinics.
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