Assessing and Managing Low Vision

Assessing and Managing Low Vision - #32

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How to manage patients once it is determined they have low vision.

Elderly patients who require vision management and assessment not addressed by medical and surgical interventions.

Ensure optimal function in the face of vision loss after proper assessment and management of the underlying ophthalmologic disorder.

Have a clear understanding how to assess for low vision using history, assessment and tasks to measure. How to manage patients once it is determined they have low vision.

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Kathryn Barbieri, Bhavna Sheth MD, Edmund Duthie MD

Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin