Center for Low Vision
Low vision means that even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surely, people may still find everyday tasks difficult to do. While vision loss can affect anyone at any age, low vision is most common for this over age 65.
Low vision is usually caused by eye diseases or health conditions. Some of these include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, diabetes, and glaucoma. Whatever the cause, lost vision cannot be restored. It can, however, be managed with proper treatment and vision rehabilitation.
How We Can Help
The Center for Low Vision is dedicated to helping individuals with vision loss regain the ability to participate in tasks that provide fulfillment and independence – whether that be reading, going to school or work, performing household activities or getting around town safely.
Led by Dr. Katelyn Jordan, our clinic utilizes a team approach pairing an optometrist specializing in low vision with an occupational therapist who specializes in low vision rehabilitation. Our teams strives to help visually impaired patients maintain independence and participate in activities they previously enjoyed. See Dr. Jordan's spotlight from Florida State University.
The optometrist establishes the degree of vision loss and remaining functional vision through a comprehensive history, trial frame refraction, contrast sensitivity testing, visual field assessment, and ocular health exam. A plan is then developed based on the findings to specifically address each patient's needs.
After the exam, the occupational therapist begins visual skills training which may include eccentric viewing training for central vision problems or visual scanning for peripheral vision loss. She will work with you to identify areas of your daily activities impacted by your change in vision. She will assess your use of various technologies and prescribed devices to help determine the best tools to optimize participation in those activities. Additional training may be needed to ensure proper use of low vision equipment.
In addition to our staff, our team works with local physicians, eye specialists, and public service agencies to coordinate medical care, low vision training, and vocational rehabilitation.
Our lead vision rehabilitation occupational therapist is recognized as an expert in the niche area of low vision and has received acknowledgements for her contributions to the program, profession, and community as highlighted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham. See what they have to say about Brooks Rehabilitation Center for Low Vision and Sarah LaRosa, MOT, OTR/L, SCLV, CLVT.
Our optometry clinic is equipped with testing equipment and technology designed specifically for patients who have experienced vision loss. We also have a wide variety of low vision optical aids (magnifies, telescopic glasses), assistive technology and non-optical aids (talking clocks, large print cards, lighting, etc.) available for testing and demonstration to determine what will be the most effective aid for each individual.
The Center for Low Vision is located inside the Brooks Medical Group Practice.