The specialty of the Low Vision Program is working with school-based children between the ages 3-21.
The focus of the pediatric low vision evaluations is to identify strategies, devices and assistive technologies to maximize the students’ ability to use their vision to complete activities of daily life. The evaluation includes:
- Assessment of color vision
- Contrast sensitivity
- Near and distance visual acuities
- Assessment of visual field and lighting
- Orientation and mobility screening
- An introduction to strategies using optical and non-optical devices
We use a multidisciplinary approach for each evaluation. As a teaching clinic, our patients and families will meet several professionals during your visit. We encourage the child’s education or rehabilitation team to attend the low vision examination. This would include parents, classroom teachers, teachers of the visually impaired, orientation and mobility specialists or other special service providers.
Our low vision evaluations last approximately one hour. Our goal is to allow plenty of time for the child to become comfortable in a new environment and for families and / or teachers to have time to ask questions.
What to Bring to the Vision Evaluation
- Completed parent packet provided by the Low Vision Team
- Eyeglasses, low vision devices and / or assistive technology used
- Favorite toys
- Examples of school work