If you are unable to fill out online paperwork, please click the links below to download your paperwork and fill it out before your appointment. Bring these completed forms with you to your appointment along with your insurance cards and any glasses or visual aids you currently use.
Answers for some of the most commonly asked Low Vision questions:
The optometrist will spend about an hour working with you to define your visual goals, measure your functional vision, and evaluate Low Vision devices that may help you achieve your goals.
This process will include visual field testing, trial frame refraction, optical and digital magnification, assistive technology, contrast sensitivity enhancement, and glare control.
We accept Medicare and most major medical insurances, which will cover your Low Vision Evaluation. Some insurances may cover your $60 refraction fee, but others will require you to pay that out of pocket along with any co-pays.
Medical insurances, as a rule, do not cover glasses or Low Vision devices.
We do not accept vision insurances.
Many people find it hard to choose the right device without guidance from an expert in Low Vision. One major purpose of your Low Vision Evaluation is to mathematically determine the right levels of magnification for you and then provide demonstrations of any device that might achieve your specific visual goals.
When ocular health conditions like glaucoma or macular degeneration become more severe, you may find glasses to become less effective, even when the prescription is accurate. When simple lenses fail, many people find success through magnifiers, specialty telescopes, and digital tools.
It is never too early to consult with an expert. It is well known that people with a best-corrected visual acuity of 20/50 or less will experience functional difficulties with their daily activities. However, issues like glare, contrast loss, visual field defects, and double vision can still affect people with perfect 20/20 vision.
Most patients don't need to have a dilated eye exam during their Low Vision Evaluation because they are already taking care of their ocular health with another eye doctor. However, if you have not seen an eye doctor within the last year or are having new visual symptoms, you may need to have a dilated eye exam.
Yes. The Low Vision Evaluation is primarily concerned with your functional vision, not your ocular health. Our doctors do not take the place of your ocular disease specialists or primary eye doctor, and you should continue to follow their directions for managing your health care.
Come back in to see us! For many ocular health conditions, we expect vision to worsen with time. It may be necessary to update your glasses, user a stronger magnifier, or adopt a new Low Vision tool in order to continue meeting your visual goals.