Low Vision Treatment
The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) specializes in helping people with vision loss. Nearly 14 million Americans have low vision, a condition characterized by a visual acuity of 20/70, or worst, it is not correctable with medical treatment, surgery, or glasses. As vision deteriorates, those affected often find it difficult to accomplish the tasks of everyday life, such as reading, recognizing faces, cooking, driving, and differentiating color.
In addition, there are several visual impairments that affect one’s life. They include but are not limited to, double vision, involuntary eye movements, lack of visual alignment, lack of depth perception, and more. At CABVI, we know that remaining vision is usable vision and our mission is to help you make the most of the vision you have.
Turnbull Low Vision Center
In the Turnbull Low Vision Center, patients work with a team of professionals who specialize in vision care. From optometrists to social workers to vison rehabilitation therapists, together they will evaluate your visual impairment and rehabilitation needs working with you to develop a plan to maximize the use of remaining vision and maintain your independence.
This team approach may very well extend beyond your exam appointment day, as we offer rehabilitation strategies to reduce visual challenges.
Low vision optometrists will complete a comprehensive low vision assessment, which includes some of the latest diagnostic equipment, to develop a clear understanding of the impact of your vision loss. This assessment will measure the ability to see in low contrast situations, establish your field of sight, visual acuity, and lighting needs. They will spend time listening to your concerns and assessing your visual limitations.
CABVI Low Vision Optometrists will prescribe low vision optical aids, including magnifiers, half eyes, specialized lighting, and methods to reduce glare, electronic video magnification machines, and more.
Prior to your visit, we will have secured from your primary eye care provider your medical history and most current vision exam information.
What can I do to help my appointment run smoothly?
Bring with you:
- insurance cards
- list of current medications
- a list of questions/concerns you have
Establish why you are coming. What do you hope to accomplish from the exam?
We respect your time. Please note, your visit can take up to two hours or beyond as you may be required to take a variety of tests and meetings with a number of therapists. Our staff will guide you through the process. We work very hard to eliminate long wait periods and work to keep you engaged throughout your time with us.
If you can, we recommend you bring a friend or family member with you. They can help by writing down information you are learning from our team and ask any questions you may have forgotten.
Where do I go?
CABVI’s Vision Health and Wellness Center is located at 408 Elizabeth St. Utica. Call for an appointment today, 315-797-2233.