Low Vision Exam Process

Understanding the Patient's Needs


The primary goal of a low vision exam is not to diagnose eye disease, but rather to maximize functional vision for the patient. During the low vision appointment, which usually lasts between one to one-and-a-half hours, the patient will work directly with our doctor while he demonstrates to the patient each of the devices and aids that are the best options given their individual needs and goals.

Evaluation Process

Dr. Cursaro will initially use special low vision acuity charts that include a larger range of letters or numbers to more accurately determine the patient's level of vision impairment. He may also evaluate the patient's visual fields, assess a patient's glare, contrast sensitivity and reading ability. At the conclusion of the evaluation, he will create a comprehensive, individual rehabilitation plan based on the patient's visual abilities and goals.

Device Selection and Prescription

Dr. Cursaro is highly trained in selecting, designing and prescribing from a wide array of optical devices which are typically miniature microscopes and telescopes fitted into specialty eyeglass frames, allowing for his patients to achieve improved functionality at various distances.

Assistive Technologies Demonstration

Assistive technologies and electronic visual aids may also be demonstrated so the patient is able to fully experience their benefits to best determine if they will be of benefit to them in their daily lives. Most of our advanced low vision technologies are also available for a no-cost and no obligation in-home trial following an in-clinic demonstration.

Custom Fitting and Training

Custom fitting, dispensing, and training are also integral parts of improving success for our patients. We provide 12 months of frame adjustments, frame warranty, and prescription adjustments with all of our telescopic and microscopic optical devices.

​​​​​​​Family Involvement

We encourage loved ones to attend the low vision evaluation with our patients as it allows them to gain a better understanding of the visual challenges of the patient as well as to experience the difference and impact the devices make in improving visual function.

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