Low Vision Rehabilitation
What Is Low Vision?
Low Vision is a loss of sight that cannot be corrected with ordinary eyeglasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. Anyone whose loss of vision interferes with their ability to do normal, everyday tasks has the potential to benefit from Optometric Low Vision Rehabilitation Services.
Who Is A Good Candidate For These Services?
A significant number of our patients suffer from macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and optic nerve disease. These diseases often impact reading, computer work, driving, watching television, and personal hygiene. Our program addresses those needs, but we also recognize that each patient is different – with their own specific hobbies and interests (woodworking, sewing, etc). We tailor our approach to each patient so that personal goals are addressed.
What To Expect…
Optometric Low Vision Rehabilitation teaches you how to successfully utilize the vision you have left. Our experience has taught us that this process usually takes more than one doctor’s visit and often involves the patient needing more than just a new pair of eyeglasses. It is natural for patients to assume that a stronger pair of glasses will alleviate their problem, but in advanced cases of eye disease, stronger eyeglasses do not work. In fact, they can sometimes make visual symptoms worse. Prescription magnifiers, high-powered reading glasses, telescopes, closed-circuit televisions and other devices are necessary in these cases. We are excited to teach you how to utilize this technology.
We want you to leave our program with a renewed enthusiasm for life, able to enjoy some of the things that came naturally to you before your vision loss. Simply put, your goals become our goals. You can expect us to passionately pursue your interests together.
Your initial visit to our Optometric Low Vision Rehabilitation Center will consist of a thorough ocular health evaluation by one of our low-vision doctors. It usually takes about 2 hours. This will allow us to completely understand the nature and complexity of your problem. We will explain your disease in detail and coordinate a personalized plan based on your specific goals and interests. In the following visits you will work with our team to execute the plan. Each of these visits lasts an hour and insurance typically covers the cost of each office visit.
How Much Does This Cost?
Examinations and occupational therapy visits are usually covered by your health insurance or Medicare. High-powered reading glasses, prescription magnifiers, and other devices are typically not covered.
Heartland Eye Consultants Is Omaha’s Only Comprehensive Low-Vision Team With Over 25 Years Experience In Low-Vision Rehabilitation
Dr. Karen Wilson is a graduate of Southern California College of Optometry. She has practiced Optometric Low Vision Rehabilitation in the Omaha area since moving here in 2000. Dr. Wilson has a thorough understanding of the effects of vision loss on an individual and how it encompasses all aspects of daily life. She utilizes the most current technology including electronic devices, spectacle binocular systems, and many others to offer her patients the best options for functional use of their remaining vision. She has worked with one of the most prominent retinal specialty practices in the area and is widely connected with professionals from many disciplines through the region. These resources support Dr. Wilson’s objective to help patients reach their fullest potential and achieve their goals to remain independent.
We Are Committed To A Team Approach In Providing Compassionate, Personalized Care With The Patient At The Center Of The Team. Our Team’s Goal Is To Assist Patients To Maintain Their Independence And Improve Their Quality Of Life.
Conveniently located in Omaha, Heartland Eye Consultants is a regional, specialty eye and vision care center serving all of Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, including but not limited to Council Bluffs, Lincoln, Sioux City, IA, South Sioux City, NE, Norfolk, NE and surrounding towns. Call us at (402) 493-6500