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Low Vision FAQ: Take Action

What should a person do if he or she has low vision?
First, note the kinds of vision problems that are occurring. Some warning signs include the following:

  • Trouble reading, cooking, or sewing.
  • Trouble seeing because the lights don't seem as bright as usual.
  • Trouble recognizing the faces of friends and relatives.
  • Trouble crossing the street or reading signs.
A person who is having these vision difficulties should immediately make an appointment with an eye care professional for an eye examination. If the person's vision cannot be treated by conventional methods, such as glasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery, then he or she should ask the eye care professional for information about vision rehabilitation. These services may include eye examinations, a low vision evaluation, training on how to use visual and adaptive devices, support groups, and training on how to perform everyday activities in new ways.

What should a person do if he or she knows someone with low vision?
Urge that person to make an appointment with an eye care professional for an eye examination. Then help the person find out about low vision and vision rehabilitation services and encourage him or her to take advantage of all available resources.

How much does a low vision evaluation cost?
While costs vary by region, typically a low vision evaluation costs between $100 and $200.

Is a low vision examination covered by health insurance, Medicaid, or Medicare?
Policies vary by state, but generally Medicare will cover low vision examinations performed by eye care professionals. Private health insurance usually does not cover low vision examinations, but should check with the insurance carrier to be sure.

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