Our Low Vision Service offers clinical low vision evaluations with a team that includes a low vision optometrist, a certified low vision specialist, and a clinical social worker. Service representatives from other therapies may be available by request for assessment or consultation during the clinic visit.
Regional low vision clinics are provided at a location decided upon by the county for up to 5 students and include the low vision optometrist and low vision specialist.
The focus of the clinical low vision evaluations is to identify strategies and devices to maximize the students’ ability to use their vision to complete daily activities. The evaluation includes assessment of color vision, contrast sensitivity, near and far distance visual acuities, refraction, assessment of visual field and lighting, visual perceptual screening and introduction to strategies and optical and non-optical devices. The student, parents and teacher are active participants in the clinic evaluation.
MSB also offers a dilated examination to students who have not received a dilated examination within a year of their low vision evaluation to ensure that the student is wearing their best refractive correction. Distance vision will be addressed following dilation and best correction and near vision will be addressed through follow-up in the Low Vision Clinic or at the student’s school with the TVI.
Regional Optometric Evaluations
Regional optometric evaluations are available upon request for up to four students at a time. The optometric evaluations include cycloplegic dilation and include evaluation of visual abilities and the health of the eye including the appearance of the eyes, anterior chamber, lens, eye pressures, and refraction to determine the need for glasses and examination of the back of the eye to assess the integrity of the retina. If concerns are noted the student is referred to their private physician for more extensive examination. Regional optometric evaluations are provided on a Friday at a location decided upon by the county and include the low vision optometrist and low vision specialist.
Functional Vision Assessments & Consultations
We offer functional vision assessments and consultations in the student’s home school or natural environment to address their ability to access age and grade level educational and leisure materials at near and far distances. Areas assessed include but are not limited to color vision, near and distance visual acuities, functional visual perceptual skills, response to magnification and assessment of personal characteristics and environmental factors that may impact functional use of vision. If visual perceptual concerns are suggested during the functional vision assessment, assessment of visual perceptual skills using the Motor Free Visual Perception Test, Third Edition is available with results generated through consultation from MSB occupational therapists.