Low Vision

The Penn Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation is a state-of-the-art facility that combines the skills of ophthalmology, optometry and occupational therapy to make the most of vision that cannot be restored further through medical or surgical means.

low vision aids

Each patient who comes to the Center receives an in-depth evaluation to determine his or her specific needs. Through special tests, we are able to discover which low-vision aids will be most helpful. These aids may include microscopic lenses, special magnifiers, closed circuit television, computer systems and telescopes. Each aid is designed to help the patient perform specific tests at a range of distances.

Non-optical aids available to the low vision patient include large-print reading materials, writing guides,household helpers and games.

Each patient has different needs and goals. Although we cannot cure or even change underlying causes of low vision, we do make every effort to improve our patients' quality of life by training them to make the most of what vision they do have. This may require follow-up visits for additional training and counseling. Each patient's willingness to work at learning new ways to see is an important factor.

Conditions/Diseases Treated

Vision impairment due to diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, Stargardts disease and others.

Low Vision Aids

  • Closed circuit television
  • Computer systems
  • Games
  • Household helpers
  • Large-print reading materials
  • Microscopic lenses
  • Special magnifiers
  • Telescopes
  • Writing guides

Locations Where Patients Are Evaluated and Treated

Our Team

Optometry Service

The Optometry Service at Scheie Eye Institute provides state of the art comprehensive eye examinations and referral for medical and surgical treatment as needed.

Conditions/Diseases Treated

  • Routine eye care
  • Complete eye exams
  • Refractions

Locations Where Patients Are Evaluated and Treated

  • Scheie Eye Institute (routine eye exams and refractions)

Our Team