Low Vision Service Now Offered at Troy and Royal Oak Hospitals
Beaumont, Troy's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, in conjunction with the Department of Ophthalmology and Occupational Therapy, is now offering the same Low Vision service that has been available for many years at the Royal Oak hospital.
Low vision is vision loss that cannot be corrected with traditional eyeglasses, contact lenses, intraocular lens implants, medical treatment or corrective surgery.
Low vision - or vision impairment - is vision loss that cannot be corrected with traditional eyeglasses, contact lenses, intraocular lens implants, medical treatment or corrective surgery. There are a variety of different causes of low vision, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, stroke or injury. Ophthalmologists treat ocular disease to the best extent possible, but occasionally vision loss remains. These patients can benefit from the Low Vision Rehabiliation Service.
"Our service is closely linked to the Rehabilitation department," explains Susan Gormezano, O.D., director of Troy's Low Vision Rehabilitation Service. "Treatment plans include occupational therapy geared toward the functional problems associated with low vision. We help each patient compensate for vision loss in terms of realistic goals and increased levels of independence. Registered occupational therapists carry out the treatment plans, helping the patient adjust to vision loss and to learn compensating skills. Care is coordinated with the referring physician and with agencies that serve the blind and visually impaired."
Options for treating low vision are improving, notes Dr. Gormezano. "Often glasses with special magnification segments or miniature telescopes, or special filters for contrast enhancement, can improve vision functions. Together with vision rehabilitation therapy, many patients can then return to activities such as reading, writing and other daily tasks important to their independence, safety and lifestyle."
The Low Vision Rehabilitation Service at Beaumont, Troy is located in Suite 318 of the Professional Office Building; hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 248-964-9300. At Royal Oak, the Low Vision clinic is under the direction of Susan Hahn, O.D., and is located in the Beaumont Eye Institute; the phone number is 248-551-2020.