WHAT IS A LOW VISION CLINIC?
A low vision clinic demonstrates and prescribes conventional and unconventional optical and non-optical devices to persons suffering from vision loss.
I HAVE BEEN TO MANY DOCTORS; WHY DO I NEED ANOTHER EXAM?
The low vision clinic is staffed with experts in the field of low vision. Their job is to get your vision to function at its best. We use specialized charts and tools not found in a regular doctor’s office.
WHO SHOULD GO TO A LOW VISION CLINIC?
If your vision is 20/70 or less in your best eye with correction; your doctor has done everything he/she can through surgery, medication, and/or corrective lenses; and you are still experiencing difficulty seeing, you should be seen at a low vision clinic. Our patients include those with macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, RP, cataracts, etc.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT A LOW VISION CLINIC?
The low vision O.D./M.D. will first give you a thorough vision exam using specialized charts, filters, lighting and optical equipment. He or she will try to improve your vision through conventional means first, and then with two microscopic, telescopic or microtelescopic devices. The low vision specialist will discuss your personal needs; go over the recommendations of the doctor; and fit you for low vision devices.
WHAT ARE LOW VISION DEVICES?
Low vision devices include magnifiers, telescopes, binoculars, high-add reading glasses, lighting, filters, electronic telescopes and magnifiers, talking devices, writing templates and more.
WHERE ARE THE CLINICS LOCATED?
vifGA has clinics set up in Albany, Alpharetta, Bainbridge, Columbus, Douglas, Macon, Milledgeville, Snellville, Tifton, Valdosta, and Waycross. We can help you find other clinics if none of these locations meet your needs. To see a list of clinics, please click here.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Medicare and health insurance plans do not pay for low vision exams or products. Fees vary. If you need financial assistance, please call the toll free number below.