Your eye health is important to us. The Center for Vision Health offers routine eye exams which determine your prescription for eyeglasses. For a limited time, we are offering comprehensive eye exams for $49.99. This comprehensive exam includes a dilated eye exam for glasses and glaucoma screening. Additionally, we offer low cost options for glasses, contact lens fitting, and contact lenses.
Unique to the Center for Vision Health is the ability to provide services to any person, regardless of age or disability. Examinations are routinely conducted on infants, nonverbal individuals, individuals with various degrees of mental disabilities and individuals with physical disabilities. The Center for Vision Health has the only full-time nonprofit low vision center in north Texas. We treat about 1,000 low vision patients per year.
Low vision is the term used to describe a permanent loss of vision which is not corrected with glasses, contact lenses, surgery or medications. The main difference between a low vision evaluation and a routine eye exam is the focus on the patient’s visual difficulties and how the loss of vision affects everyday activities. A new patient should expect to be in the office for 2-2.5 hours. The optometrist begins by taking a full medical and personal history. Questions will be asked about glare, seeing steps and curbs, reading, using a computer, using a cell phone, and more. Based on that information, vision goals and needs are identified with the patient. A complete ocular assessment will be performed to establish the visual status: basically, how clearly a person sees, where the remaining vision is located, and what environmental factors – such as lighting – influence the vision. After the tests are complete, the doctor and family will discuss their options for assistive devices and any other needed referrals. The patient and doctor work together to develop a treatment plan designed to meet the patient’s vision goals and take full advantage of the sight the patient has left.
Assistive devices are the most common treatment for low vision. Each assistive device has a different function and often the patient needs multiple devices. Assistive devices offered range from handheld illuminated magnifiers, to text-to-speech readers and other technology driven assistive devices. These are special tools that can help people with low vision to read, write, manage daily tasks and live independently. These assistive devices include magnifying aids, electronic magnification devices, telescopic devices for distance viewing, and computers with screen magnification and a talking function.
After deciding which type of assistive device would be most be beneficial, the doctor and patient spend time working with different devices to find the best fit. Once selected, the patient receives extensive training on the use and care of the device. The staff will also assist with accessing other support systems, such as Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program, DART Paratransit, orientation and mobility training, and other referrals as needed.
We have been able to help our low vision patients remain independent and perform activities that are of major importance to them. With their newly prescribed devices most of our patients can:
Medical contact lenses are generally rigid gas permeable (hard) lenses. For the right person, medical contact lenses can provide better vision than eyeglasses.
Things to know:
Conditions where medical contact lenses may be needed:
Please call us at (214) 828-9900 to make an appointment before filling out the forms below. If you are a returning patient and need to update your information, you will be given a passcode over the phone to update your previously completed forms online.
We are currently offering FREE eye exams to all North Texas adults who are out of a job due to COVID. The free exams include a glaucoma screening and glasses. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment!