The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is proud to announce the availability of Low Vision Services at our University Station location. We provide services to enhance/improve visual function with magnifiers, telescopes, electronic devices, lighting and contrast.
Our services include a low vision evaluation with Sanbrita Mondal, OD, with recommendations for low vision aids and various resources for living your best life with low vision.
Medicare generally covers the examination portion, but not the cost of purchasing the aids or a refraction for spectacles. For patients with commercial insurance or Medicaid we recommend that they check with their carrier for examination coverage. We are working with our coding coordinator to determine what will be and not be covered.
We will provide limited in office training on recommended low vision aids. For this reason, we work closely with the low vision therapist from the Wisconsin Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Madison (wcblind.org) to train patients on devices, eccentric fixation, scanning, tracking and other rehabilitation services needed. The Council is equipped with a training room and loaners for patients to use in home and real life situations prior to purchasing. As this type of service is not covered by Medicare or other insurances, there will be a small upfront fee. We do not sell low vision aids, but they may be purchased through the Wisconsin Council for the Blind and Visually Impaired, or other sources.