Low Vision Rehabilitation

Low Vision Rehabilitation

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Many tools are available when low vision has affected your ability to perform life’s daily activities, especially those you enjoy. Our team of low vision specialists conducts a thorough evaluation to understand your concerns and assess your visual limitations. We develop a low vision rehabilitation plan that may include a range of therapies, services, and low vision aids. We recommend changes to your living and working environments and offer rehabilitation strategies to reduce your visual challenges. We also help you adjust emotionally to your condition.

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Services

Comprehensive Visual Function Evaluation

Measures your reading speed and accuracy, ability to see in low-contrast situations, potential to see better with corrective lenses or optical devices, visual motor skills, and ease or difficulty in performing daily activities. We also measure your visual field for driving and mobility.

Onsite and Remote Assessments

We assess your abilities and your environment. Our assessments cover your functional mobility, driving ability, lighting needs, computer and technology skills, and potential use of optical devices. We offer training that includes the use of computers and hand-held devices, enhanced hand-eye coordination, and proper use of a bioptic telescope for driving.

Learn how Verdina Gillette-Simms is maintaining her independence with help from the low vision rehabilitation specialists at Duke Eye Center.

Onsite Demonstration and Training

Depending on your needs, we can demonstrate and train you to use computers, mobile devices, optical character readers, magnifiers for near work, video reading machines, and non-optical devices for cooking and dining, writing, sewing, crafts, money management, color identification, and medication management.

Sports Vision Rehabilitation and Training

Athletes of all levels will benefit from the customized programs offered by the experts at the sports vision center located at Duke Eye Center in Durham. We assess skills and design training programs using state-of-the-art instruments to train and rehab athletes who perform visually demanding activities. 

Our Locations

Duke Health offers locations throughout the Triangle. Find one near you.

Comprehensive Care for Your Low Vision Needs

You'll Work with a Team of Specialists
You will work with an optometrist who specializes in low vision assessment. Depending on your specific needs, you may also benefit from the services provided by our occupational therapist and certified driving rehabilitation specialist, certified low vision therapist, and licensed clinical social worker. We also work with occupational therapists who provide home-based care in Wake, Durham, and Guildford counties.

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Compassionate, Supportive Environment
We offer patient support services, including educational materials, low vision rehabilitation resources, and a dedicated social worker to help you and your loved ones minimize the emotional impact of vision loss on your quality of life.

Evaluation and Training for Implanted Devices
We work closely with recipients of new implantable devices, such as the implantable miniature telescope for advanced macular degeneration, and the Argus II for retinitis pigmentosa.

Insurance Concerns
Most third-party payers, including Medicare, cover our professional services.

Best Eye Hospital in NC

When it comes to your care, you want the very best. Duke University Hospital is ranked sixth in the nation and the best in North Carolina for ophthalmology.