The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is proud to provide an ever-expanding low vision service at our University Station location.
Our appointments include a full low vision evaluation with Sanbrita Mondal, OD, to better understand how you are functioning with your vision. With that information, we provide recommendations for tools and various resources for living your best life with low vision. We aim to enhance or improve visual function with magnifiers, telescopes, electronic devices, filters, lighting and contrast.
We are excited to offer low vision occupational therapy services beginning in summer 2021. These services include a fully functioning rehabilitation room equipped with a kitchenette, driver’s assessment, Dynavision light training reaction device, and many other tools to improve your skills to compensate for your vision loss. The occupational therapist can address aspects of your life and health that are being affected by your vision, work with you on skills to maintain independent living, and train on any recommended low vision aids. This training may include centric viewing, scanning, tracking, and other rehabilitation services.
Low vision aids that are recommended by Dr. Mondal or your low vision occupational therapist are available for purchase at the UW Health Optical Shop at the University Station Eye Clinic. We carry top brand names such as Eschenbach Optik, Optelec, Designs for Vision, Chadwick Optical, FL-41 filters, and Brain Power Incorporated filters. For patients who require a tinted contact for light sensitivity, we are able to fit you and order lenses from Adventures in Color.
We also work closely with the low vision therapists at the Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired (WCBVI) in Madison for in-home services, devices at their low vision store, white cane, and orientation mobility services. You can also sign up for support groups as well as Zoom training and education on the WCBVI website. They also have an adaptive technology specialist on staff who can help you with your technology needs.
If you are interested in receiving low vision services but are unsure if your insurance will cover it, please contact your insurance to confirm your specific coverage.