Your eye health is important to us. Center for Vision Health offers routine eye exams which determines your prescription for eyeglasses. We offer comprehensive exam which includes a dilated eye exam for glasses and glaucoma screening. Additionally, we also offer low cost options for glasses. We have two locations to serve your vision needs. Call us to schedule your appointment.
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. 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:
At Center for Vision Health, we understand that every patient is unique and has different needs. For nonverbal or multiply challenged patients, our team can provide specialized care and deliver a thorough and comfortable eye exam.
During a non-verbal eye exam, our optometrists use various techniques to assess the patient’s visual abilities. We may use special charts or images, such as a Teller acuity chart, that can be easily understood by non-verbal patients, or we may conduct non-invasive tests such as loose lens retinoscopy or autorefraction to objectively determine a patient’s glasses prescription.
Additionally, we may utilize behavioral observation or physical cues to understand the patient’s visual function. For example, we may watch how the patient reacts to different stimuli or observe how they track moving objects.
Our goal during a non-verbal eye exam is to gather as much information as possible about the patient’s visual health and identify any potential issues that may need to be addressed. We understand that these exams can be challenging for both the patient and their family, and we strive to make the experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
Our optometrists are experienced in working with non-verbal and multiply challenged patients and are committed to providing the highest quality of care. If you have any concerns or questions about your loved one’s eye health, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to help and provide the support and care your family needs.
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.