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Low Vision Center

    Comprehensive Rehabilitation Plans For Patients Experiencing Low Vision

    Low vision is impaired vision that cannot be fully restored by glasses, contact lenses, surgery or medicine. Common conditions that can cause low vision include diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma and other conditions that affect the retina and optic nerve. In addition, vision loss can also result from a stroke or other brain injury.

    At the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health, the Low Vision Center provides a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for patients experiencing low vision. Our clinical team will evaluate your vision to create an individualized rehabilitation plan to help achieve your goals to maintain your independence and improve your quality of life.

    The low vision team consists of:

    • An experienced low vision optometrist
    • A student clinician
    • A low vision technology specialist

    What You Can Expect 

    From a low vision examination:

    • Case history and establishment of visual goals
    • Evaluation of vision rehabilitation potential
    • Response to magnification, including hand and stand magnifiers, telescopes, glasses and non-optical aids
    • Assessment of field of vision
    • Contrast, glare and lighting evaluation
    • Adaptive technology evaluation

    Referrals and reports can be provided regarding concerns with mobility, activities of daily living, safety, support groups, counseling, driving programs and DMV licensing.

    Adaptive Technology Center

    Most people with low vision can become more visually independent if they use low vision aids and devices, as well as learn new methods to perform everyday tasks. You will be assisted by a dedicated team who will evaluate vision and prepare a customized plan designed to increase independence and improve your quality of life.

    The University Eye Center at Ketchum Health has a wide array of devices and the latest innovative technologies for the blind and visually impaired. This includes technology for the home, school and workplace, or to use on the go, including:

    • Handheld video magnifiers
    • Desktop video magnifiers (closed circuit TVs)
    • The latest tablet and smartphone technology
    • Adaptive computer hardware and software
    • Optical character recognition technology
    • Voice-In/Voice-Out technology, including the latest in computerized glasses

    We can also provide assistance with the following:

    • DMV vision reports
    • Glare and contrast
    • Minimizing medication errors
    • Orientation and mobility
    • Reading mail and newspapers
    • Recognizing faces
    • Using a computer
    • Watching TV