Patient Understanding in Low Vision: Pre and Post Examination
Methods: A questionnaire was given to new patients in low vision clinics pre and post low vision exam in an urban setting. Questions related to understanding of diagnosis, understanding of low vision and available rehabilitation services.
Results /Outcomes: In general, patients reported an increase in understanding of their condition, an increase awareness of services and available devices and almost all participating patients would recommend someone with low vision pursue a low vision exam.
Conclusions: This pilot study demonstrates the fact that many low vision patients require further education on their condition as well as available resources for their visual impairment. It also demonstrated that intervention with a low vision exam may help to increase patient understanding of their visual impairments as well as understanding what assistive devices and resources are available those with visual impairments.
Learning Areas:Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Evaluate the potential improvement patients with visual impairment achieve in understanding of their condition and vision rehabilitation resources
Keyword(s): Vision Care
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a residency trained low vision optometrist. I have worked in the field of low vision as an educator, clinician and novice researcher. I have also lectured at local, national and international conferences on topics related to low vision.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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