Low Vision Evaluation

What Does the Evaluation Consist Of?

Dr. Burcham's low vision evaluation is a thorough and patient-centered process aimed at understanding your unique visual needs. During the evaluation, she will:

  • Review Your Medical History: Dr. Burcham will begin by discussing your medical history and any existing eye conditions or visual impairments.

  • Assess Visual Acuity: She will evaluate your visual acuity to determine how well you can see at different distances.

  • Test Visual Field: Dr. Burcham will check your peripheral vision to identify any blind spots or limitations in your visual field.

  • Evaluate Contrast Sensitivity: The evaluation will include an assessment of your ability to perceive contrast, which is crucial for distinguishing objects from their background.

  • Discuss Lifestyle and Visual Goals: Understanding your lifestyle, hobbies, and visual goals is essential to tailor the best treatment plan for you.

Questions to ask your low vision optometrist:

  • How can I continue my daily activities with my vision loss?

  • Are there any devices that can help me with routine activities: reading, seeing the computer, seeing the TV, sewing, cooking, using appliances, etc.?

  • Are there resources to help me in my job?

  • Is there any training and services that can help me live better and more safely with vision loss?

Personalized Treatment Plan:

After the evaluation, Dr. Burcham will create a personalized treatment plan to address your specific low vision needs. Depending on the exam findings, the treatment plan may include:

  • Prescription of Low Vision Aids: Dr. Burcham may recommend specialized low vision aids, such as magnifiers, telescopic lenses, or electronic video magnifiers, to enhance your remaining vision.

  • Visual Rehabilitation Training: Training from a multi-disciplinary low vision team, such as occupational therapy, assistive technology, and orientation and mobility is often recommended to help you adapt to your low vision aids and optimize their usage in daily activities. Referrals are available through any low vision rehabilitation provider.

Though each low vision rehabilitation process is unique, there is one common goal: independence.