Low vision evaluation

Is a low vision evaluation right for you?

Low vision can affect anyone, and it is increasingly common as we age. When you have low vision, it means that you have trouble seeing even while wearing glasses or contact lenses, and that your vision problem can't be corrected by taking medicine or having surgery.

"People often think that the only thing they can do is get their glasses adjusted. If they still have trouble seeing, they assume that's just the way it is," said Amanda Stoltman, OD, a low vision optometrist at Phillips Eye Institute's Low Vision Center.

Some signs of low vision include difficulty with daily tasks, like reading a newspaper, writing a check, watching television or seeing a menu. "If tasks like these have become more difficult, a low vision evaluation may help to identify services and devices that can make your life easier and more enjoyable," said Stoltman.

Adaptive devices range from simple hand-held magnifiers and special kitchen equipment, to electronic magnifiers and talking watches. There are even bioptic driving glasses that include telescopic lenses embedded in a regular lens, allowing some people with low vision to continue or return to driving.

Patients can try a variety of devices at the Minnesota Low Vision Store, which is located at the Low Vision Center.

"The most important thing to know is that you don't need to wait until you are legally blind to benefit from these services," said Stoltman.

Make an appointment

Appointments are no longer available at our Buffalo location.

Low Vision Center 

8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Minnesota Low Vision Store 

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Dr. Stoltman is guiding a patient through a low vision evaluation.