Low Vision Exams and Functional Vision Assessments
A low vision exam is different than a standard eye exam. This exam focuses on how a person’s particular vision impairment affects his or her day to day living. A low vision specialist will help determine which devices, lighting, or services will help you use your functional vision more effectively. Low vision exams are available at AVRE two days per month, by appointment, and are appropriate for individuals who have already been declared legally blind by an eye care professional.
A functional vision assessment is appropriate for someone experiencing vision loss, but who is not legally blind. Similar to the low vision exam, the assessment focuses on how to enhance your remaining functional vision and improve your day to day living. A Certified Low Vision Therapist is available at AVRE to perform assessments two Fridays per month, by appointment.
Vision Rehabilitation Services
Generally referred to as VRT, these services include a range of independent living and working skills. They include how to perform daily household tasks, how to manage personal finances and communication, and how to use technology to access information. VRT is available for school-age children through seniors and is based on personal needs and goals.
Orientation and Mobility
More commonly referred to as white cane travel, Orientation and Mobility (O&M) training is available to people who are legally blind. Specially trained professionals teach people how to orient to their environment at home, work, or school and then safely navigate within and between. Using clues from the environment, it involves teaching proper techniques for safe travel with a long, white cane.
Case management focuses on comprehensive, individualized assessment and is integral to providing the best low vision services possible. Each consumer is guided through this needs assessment and goal-setting process before receiving any VRT or O&M services.
AVRE’s ACCESS-Tech Center is a resource available to consumers to come and try out the latest assistive technology (software and hardware), to practice adaptive computer skills, prepare a resume or do a job search. Consumers focused on higher education or employment may be eligible for assistive technology instruction funded through the NYS Commission for the Blind.
Low Vision Aids and Adaptive Devices