Low Vision Rehabilitation Center

Overview

Low vision is defined as visual impairment that cannot be corrected with glasses or other common visual aids. The Low Vision Rehabilitation Center at UofL Physicians – Eye Specialists offers optometric specialists and occupational therapists that are trained to help patients with low vision determine the extent of their useful vision and how to best manage it through the use of various tools and therapies.

Our mission is to provide personalized vision services to help persons with visual impairments maximize their remaining vision and improve their quality of life when medical treatment or surgery are no longer beneficial. A low vision evaluation can help determine ways to overcome difficulties in reading, writing, traveling, watching television and independent living.

What to expect from a low vision exam

  • The initial low vision evaluation takes 1 to 2 hours
  • Please bring your most recent eyeglasses, sunglasses, any low vision aids you may have, and list of current medications.

Diseases & Conditions

Some of the most common causes of low vision include:

  • Macular degeneration
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Glaucoma
  • Stroke or brain injury
  • Congenital Ocular conditions

 

Treatments & Services

With low vision, one’s eyesight often cannot be improved with regular glasses, medicine or surgery. Therefore, vision rehabilitation is necessary so individuals can learn compensatory visual skills. Training, combined with low-vision devices, can help one safely and independently complete daily activities that were difficult because of vision loss.

The Low Vision Rehabilitation Center at UofL Physicians – Eye Specialists offers a comprehensive approach to rehabilitating individuals with visual impairments. Using the latest advancements in technology and training, our physicians and therapists develop a tailored program to assist you in maximizing your vision and leading a more independent life. Among the areas in which low vision rehabilitation can help include:

  • Reading more effectively with the use of devices
  • Bioptic Driving
  • Financial management
  • Writing
  • Meal Preparation
  • Leisure activities
  • Completing school work
  • Accessing technology, including computer use
  • Referral to other community programs

 

With the right training and devices, many patients can read and write normal print material, use the telephone, and rediscover crafts such as crocheting and woodworking.

Vision Enhancement

Many devices are available to help people with low vision function better. Our team at UofL Physicians – Eye Specialists will prescribe the best devices for your impairment, whether it is seeing objects at a distance, reading, viewing television or writing. Common devices or techniques that help make everyday activities easier include:

  • Illuminated magnifiers
  • Bioptic telescopes
  • High powered reading glasses
  • Task illumination
  • Electronic magnification
  • High-contrast and large-number telephones, watches and remote controls
  • Computer software that can magnify printed material or pictures
  • Talking watches, timers and medical equipment
  • Bold-tipped markers for easy-to-read shopping lists

Low vision occupational therapy

  • The goal of occupational therapy in low vision rehabilitation is to assist a patient with participation in their chosen daily tasks despite vision impairment. This may be done by modifying the environment, adapting the task or with use of a low vision device.
  • Occupational therapy services are covered by most insurance plans.

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

Offices and Clinics

    Hospital Affiliations

    • University of Louisville Hospital

    Next Steps

    For more information or to make an appointment,
    call 502-588-6000