Low Vision Care is specialized ocular care for those patients that have any level of permanent vision loss that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery. One of the main goals of Low Vision Care is to improve the patient’s overall daily function and quality of life by maximizing the patient’s remaining vision. This is done with a careful vision evaluation along with an assessment of the patient’s physical abilities and desire to use available low vision devices.
Dr. Kara is a specialist in Low Vision Care and has worked with low vision patients for years. While in optometry school, Dr. Kara completed a clinical rotation at the world-renowned Perkins School for the Blind. She understands the challenges faced by Low Vision patients and is up-to-date on the latest advancements in low vision devices.
What can cause permanent vision impairment/loss?
Permanent vision loss can be caused by a variety of factors. Here are some examples of non-disease related factors that can lead to vision impairment:
- Physical trauma to the eye(s)
- Foreign bodies or chemicals in the eye(s)
- Over wearing contact lenses
- Birth-related factors
There are also several eye disorders/diseases (many age-related) that can cause an individual to become visually impaired, including:
- Macular Degeneration
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Retinitis Pigmentosa
- Retinal Detachments
- Untreated Eye Infections
What are Low Vision Aids?
Low Vision Aids (or visual impairment aids) are special systems designed to magnify and/or illuminate images and text to improve functional vision. There are many electronic aids available that can provide more advance functionality in patients with mild to severe vision loss. There are a variety of these aids available and Dr. Ramsey can work with you to give recommendations based our your specific visual needs and lifestyle. The image to the left is of a digital magnifier with 5″ display and LED illumination.
What can I expect from the care I receive?
Dr. Kara meets with patients (often several times) to help understand and outline their visual goals. There is an initial Low Vision evaluation usually takes approximately one hour. Additional follow-up visits may be needed to maximize functional vision.
With our Direct Eye Care model, we have made it easier for Low Vision patients to make appointments with Dr. Ramsey and receive the personalized attention that they need.
Dr. Kara also works closely with occupational therapists and other specialists to help you achieve the best quality of life possible for Low Vision patients.
It should be taken into consideration that Low Vision Care cannot restore lost sight. Rehabilitation and visual impairment aids can help restore function and improve independence.