What is Low Vision?

February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness (ARMD) Month. ARMD is one of the primary causes of Low Vision, as is Glaucoma and other eye diseases. Low Visions is defined as a visual acuity of 20/70 or worse in the best eye using correction. A “perfect” visual acuity is 20/20. So if your optometrist or ophthalmalogist is following and treating your ARMD or Glaucoma, why would you benefit from a Low Vision Exam?
Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania opened the Vision Rehab Center for Low Vision in April of 2012 and currently operates on Mondays where Dr. Heather Bourdeau sees patients with low vision who have specific vision goals such as reading a newspaper, writing checks, recognizing faces, etc.  The low vision examination is different from a stardard eye examination. It is often longer because it involves test procedures adapted for low vision. This exam is geared toward achieving the patient’s visual goal and in order to do so, the specialist must determine available functional vision by means of an extensive refraction. With this information, a possible eyeglass prescription and magnification devices, the vision goals are most often accomplished.

A patient in the Vision Rehab Center can expect to spend at least 1 1/2 hours with Dr. Bourdeau followed by hands on experimentation of the magnification devices with specialist, Mike Barry.  We also offer a necessity store carrying many simple problem solvers to enhance independance.  To learn more, call the Vision Rehab Center at 717-614-4018 and speak with Cheryl Cuddy, VRC Coordinator.

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