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What does a low vision exam entail?

Published on
February 28, 2022

In most cases, a low vision exam appears the same as a regular eye exam on the surface. Your low vision optometrist would need to know how well you can read and what your vision is, but this would be done in a different manner. During a low vision eye exam, the low vision optometrist will take a closer look at aspects of vision that are more likely to be impacted by eye disease, for example color contrast, glare sensitivity, and visual field.


How does a low vision exam compliment my current Ophthalmologist’s treatment?

Low vision exams include measures that are not usually included in a standard eye exam or in the advanced medical eye care that a patient receives from their ophthalmologist. Your low vision optometrist will spend a lot of the exam speaking with the patient and their family members about their vision loss, which goes far beyond checking your visual acuity or checking the health of the eye and the progression of the disease. A low vision optometrist's goal is to help the patient regain their independence by maximizing the current vision that remains. The low vision optometrist spends time with the patient to understand what effect low vision may have on your daily life and what activities and tasks have been most impacted by your vision loss. After understanding your vision loss and how that has impacted your visual function, the low vision optometrist will then be better equipped to share the best options for improving your vision, such as magnification, lighting, prisms, high-tech devices, and custom lenses. In addition to the many options available there are many non-optical devices and solutions to help you regain as much function as possible on a daily basis. A low-vision optometrist works with patients to identify their goals whether they are related to educational requirements, vocational requirements, independence in daily life, or hobbies. 


What devices are used for patients with low vision?

Following the low vision exam, the doctor can help the patient determine what other devices or strategies will help them. Among the devices that may be recommended are:  

  • Strong glasses for specific tasks  
  • Optical magnifiers  
  • Customized lenses such as microscopes, bioptics, and prisms
  • Telescopes 
  • Electronic magnifying systems  
  • Accessibility of computers/cell phones
  • Lighting for tasks 


Your low vision optometrist in Los Angeles 

Dr. Wolff offers caring and knowledgeable care to low vision patients at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach. As a low vision optometrist her goal is to compliment the eye care providers that you are currently seeing by adding on an important dimension to your low vision care. Her goal is to help each patient leave feeling more clear about their vision loss and empowered by the myriad of devices and optics that are available to help patients enjoy the things that they are most affected by due to their loss of vision. If you or a loved one has vision loss from Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, Best Disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Stargardts, Ocular Albinism or any other cause of vision loss, please schedule a low vision eye exam with Dr. Wolff today. 


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

Daniel G.
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