When medical science is not able to do more for the patient, the Low Vision Clinic fills that vital need of allowing this person with severe visual impaired to know how to continue to function. It is both one of the most demanding areas of eye care, and at the same time, one of the most fulfilling.
More than 2,000 patients have been seen in the Low Vision Clinic each year over each of the last three years. These patients may have visual impairment from many different conditions – injuries, tumors, macular degeneration, diabetes and other conditions, and present with difficulty reading small print in spite of regular glasses; difficulty performing daily activities due to their visual impairment, and a desire to live a more normal life. Their ages range from childhood to the elderly.
The Low Vision Clinic sees patients who are referred by the departments within the hospital as well as from outside practitioners, and provides the following services:
Evaluating the degree of visual impairment and prescribing suitable low-vision aids and devices, and training in the use of these devices
Demonstrating electronic low vision hardware and software
Teaching the skills associated with the ability to be able to live independently
Counselling on how best to adapt to visual impairment