Vision rehabilitation is an important part in the continuum of eye care. Unlike other areas of ophthalmology, vision rehabilitation does not focus on visual acuity as a primary outcome. Instead, the priorities are improving quality of life and achieving patient goals.
In recent years, there has been a change in the demographics of visual impairment with seniors now being the majority. This places a greater responsibility on ophthalmologists to initiate continuum of care while treating seniors with eye diseases.
This module details the steps of a vision rehabilitation consultation, how to modify the consultation for children with vision impairment and ways to efficiently identify patients that would benefit from vision rehabilitation.
Upon completion of this module, you will be able to:
- Define the terms blindness, legal blindness, low vision and vision impairment.
- List the steps in a vision rehabilitation evaluation.
- Identify patients who will benefit from referral to vision rehabilitation.
- Describe selected rehabilitation resources for patients with low vision.
- Name the patient’s daily activities impacted by decreased contrast sensitivity.
- Describe rehabilitation approaches for children with low vision.
Authors: Mary Lou Jackson, MD, Anuradha Mishra, MD, Lylas G. Mogk, MD
Consultants: August Colenbrander, MD, Donald Calvin Fletcher, MD, Joseph L. Fontenot, MD, Terry L. Schwartz, MD
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