The College of Optometrists

Managing patients with low vision

A170
Following an assessment you should advise the patient, on: 
  1. their visual function relating to visual acuity and contrast sensitivity levels; you:
    • should explain this to the patient in relation to both threshold and sustained visual function
    • should  differentiate between clinical measurements and practical ability, and
    • may need to demonstrate using practical tasks such as reading door signs, mobile phone screens, newspapers, timetables and packets 
  2. illumination as well as the use of specific tints and glare shields and non-optical devices
  3. the effects of the condition affecting their vision, and
  4. the benefits and disadvantages of low vision devices.
A171
You may wish to have information on the most common eye conditions that cause low vision and on support services, such as talking books, holidays, safety at home, lighting and travel.
A172
You should be aware of the impact sight loss may have on people who have other sensory, physical or intellectual impairment.

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