When patients experience reduced visual ability, occasionally categorized as legally blind, these patients may actually retain some degree of functional eyesight that can be assisted. At , Dr. Hayley Valgardson is our low vision eye doctor, who helps improve the vision of patients who suffer from vision loss due to eye diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and retinitis pigmentosa. Typically, these patients are elderly who require a low vision aid to improve their vision.
Practitioners co-manage their low vision patients with our office in order to grant their patients independence to achieve basic, daily tasks like reading and watching the television. Aside from the fact, there is no cure or low vision, using eyewear, medication, or even surgery do not provide sufficient low vision assistance. However, the low vision aids at can be tailored to help patients regain functional vision. With a variety of magnifiers and telescopes, we’ve guided patients to see more clearly after years of frustration.
The advantage of co-managing low visions patients in Kelowna, BC at our practice are manyfold:
- We understand the needs of low vision patients & communicate with them effectively.
- We carry the technology to adequately diagnose, measure, and craft a working visual solution for low vision patients.
- We work closely with the referring practitioner to review & plan out the patient’s case of low vision to achieve maximum clarity of vision and eye health.
- We provide every low vision patient the guidance they’ll need to correctly operate a low vision device.
Legally blind patients from Low Vision in Canada or blindness is still quite rare, less than half a percent of the elderly, yet many patients can benefit from low vision aids before they reach that point. If you want to learn more about supporting your patients with low vision aids, contact our practice today to discuss low vision co-management.