Ophthalmologists are encouraged to recognize the impact of vision loss on a patient’s life and advise the patient of available vision rehabilitation options, including referral to a rehabilitation specialist. An evaluation at a low-vision clinic can be beneficial in terms of orientation and mobility and may offer the patient education about compensation techniques, such as computer training or use of prisms. Counseling regarding driving is also essential for patients with visual acuity loss or visual field defects. For additional information about vision rehabilitation, see BCSC Section 3, Clinical Optics.
American Academy of Ophthalmology Vision Rehabilitation Committee. Preferred Practice Pattern Guidelines. Vision Rehabilitation. San Francisco: American Academy of Ophthalmology; 2017. Available at: www.aao.org/ppp.
Excerpted from BCSC 2020-2021 series: Section 5 - Neuro-Ophthalmology. For more information and to purchase the entire series, please visit https://www.aao.org/bcsc.