Low Vision Exam

What is Low Vision?

If you have been told by your eye care physician that your vision can not be corrected by eyeglasses, contacts, medical treatment, or surgery, then you may have “Low Vision”. Low vision can result from specific conditions, such as: macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or a stroke. In children, low vision can be hereditary or congenital, caused from disorders such as albinism, retinal dystrophies or nystagmus. Having low vision can complicate basic daily activities including: reading, writing and preparing meals.


What is a Low Vision Exam?

Our doctors specialize in comprehensive low vision evaluations. A low vision evaluation is not the same as a general eye exam. Special charts and techniques are utilized to determine the quality of any remaining vision, both central and peripheral. The doctor examines the patient’s eye health and measures a patient’s vision abilities at various distances. Low vision devices and aids of all types are introduced and the patient is able to try various devices. Follow up appointments are always welcome as we strive to enhance the visual capabilities of each patient.


Low Vision Devices and Optical Aids

Useable vision can often be enhanced by the use of a special optical device referred to as a low vision device. Listed below are just a few of the devices we have to offer our patients.

  • Handheld magnifiers
  • Specialized reading glasses
  • Monocular telescopic spectacles
  • Biopic lenses
  • TV glasses
  • Camera systems


Links to Products and Devices


Low Vision Community Resources

Lilac Services for the Blind
(free in-home services and counseling)
1212 N Howard St.
Spokane, WA 99201


WA Department of Services for the Blind (DSB)
(Financial assistance for kids and working age adults)
510 W Riverside
Spokane, WA 99201


Lions Clubs of Spokane
(financial assistance for exam/eyeglasses)