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The following areas should be measured during routine eye examinations of adults and visually impaired children. In some cases of eye disease visual acuity remains normal and only contrast sensitivity changes. So, both values are important to assess for the understanding of visual function.

CONTRAST SENSITIVITY

___Spots on clothes, counters and dishes, not noticed.

___Difficulty driving and seeing buses on cloudy days.

___Peoples facial gestures are missed.

___Not always see flame on a gas stove.

___Need more light to read.

___Watching TV tires eyes.

VISUAL ACUITY

___Difficulty seeing the dials on appliances.

___Reading tires eyes.

___Additional magnification needed to read standard print.

___Need to hold print closer to eyes to read.

___Problems reading street signs

___Difficulty reading bus schedules.

VISUAL FIELDS

___Frequently trips on curbs and steps.

___Don’t notice people approaching from the side.

___Food spoils on top shelf of refrigerator.

___Difficulty locating traffic lights.

___Miss seeing some of the food on the plate.

CONE ADAPTATION

___Difficulty seeing when entering the house from outside.

___Can not see well outside at night.

___Need lots of lights on in the house at night.

___Problems finding things in poorly lit areas like drawers.

COLOR VISION

___Color confusion when picking out clothes.

___Incorrectly naming colors.

___Changes in color identification.


EXCELLENT BOOKS EVALUATING LOW VISION

"The Art and Practice of Low Vision" by Paul B. Freeman, O.D. & Randall T. Jose, O.D. (#2015)

"Foundations of Low Vision: Clinical & Functional Perspectives" edited by Anne Corn & Alan Koenig(#2008)

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