Effects of Prior Low Vision Exams

By: Michael R. Politzer, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D.

The effects of prior low vision examinations should always be considered when treating a new low vision patient. Many factors contributed to the patient’s success or failure from their previous low vision encounter.  Awareness of these factors and dealing with them correctly will help you avoid potential pitfalls in providing excellent care.

Factors to consider are:

  • The patient’s attitude toward the examination process. Is it positive or negative?
  • Family dynamics. Are the children and spouse supportive or combative?
  • Is the patient encouraged to try again or are they depressed and see no hope?
  • Does the patient understand their condition and the limitations it creates?
  • Which aids were prescribed and for what purposes?
  • Are the aids that were prescribed still being used? If not, why not?
  • Are there any unmet goals?

These factors cannot be overlooked. If managed properly, they will not only determine the course of your examination protocol but it’s success as well.