Special Information for Vision Care Physicians

Dr. David W. Parke, CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmologists (AAO) recently announced that  Vision Rehabilitation is now the standard of care for patients who are losing their vision.

According to the AAO website: “Referring low-vision patients (those with visual acuities less than 20/40 or scotomas, field loss or contrast loss) to vision rehabilitation services connects them with services that lessen the impact of their vision loss, and improves their independence and quality of life.

Joseph Fontenot, MD, Chair of the Academy’s Vision Rehabilitation committee, led the production of a six-minute video (on right), titled There is Something Else You Can Do. Introduced by Dr. Parke, this video emphasizes the impact of vision loss on the individual and the responsibility of the ophthalmologist to refer or provide vision rehabilitation. With advances in technology, modern vision rehabilitation can help most patients with any degree of vision loss. Provision of, or referral to, vision rehabilitation is now the standard of care for all who experience vision loss.*

To download or email a copy of the vision rehabilitation programs available to Pinellas County residents through Lighthouse of Pinellas, click HERE.

There is Something Else You Can Do

Vision Rehabilitation programs available to other counties within and surrounding the Tampa Bay area:

Tampa Lighthouse for the Blind – Hillsborough, Polk, and Hardee counties

Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired – Pasco, Hernando & Citrus counties

Lighthouse of Manasota – Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Charlotte and Highlands counties