2nd Edition

The Low Vision Handbook for Eyecare Professionals

By Barbara Brown Copyright 2007

    Clearly organized and simply presented, The Low Vision Handbook for Eyecare Professionals, Second Edition offers an introduction to all aspects of low vision, including a short history of low vision and the basic optics of magnifiers.

    Updated and revised this second edition of The Low Vision Handbook for Eyecare Professionals provides practical material on assessing low vision patients, the psychology of visual loss, and ways to alleviate patients’ common fears. Additionally, Barbara Brown explores current optical, nonoptical, and electronic devices and their appropriate uses for various patients.

    Additional features include:

    • Case histories to explain some differences among patients at varying levels of vision loss
    • Key points and study icons that highlight topics of interest for paraprofessionals studying for their certification exams
    • Addresses and websites for vendors of low vision aids and devices
    • Contact information for rehabilitation centers and support agencies to benefit visually impaired patients
    • Multiple references and resources for further study

    The Low Vision Handbook for Eyecare Professionals, Second Edition is perfect for students of the ophthalmic and optometric sciences, introductory-level assistants and other medical office staff, as well as more experienced technicians. The easy-to-read format, user-friendly terminology, and resource information make it an invaluable book for all who assist low vision patients.




    About the Author

    The Study Icons

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Low Vision

    Chapter 2. Optical Low Vision Aids

    Chapter 3. Non-Optical and Daily Living Aids

    Chapter 4. Electronic and Computer-Assisted Low Vision Aids

    Chapter 5. History Taking

    Chapter 6. Assessment of Visual Function

    Chapter 7. Selecting Aids for Individuals

    Chapter 8. The Emotional and Social Aspects of Visual Loss

    Chapter 9. Rehabilitation and Referrals

    Chapter 10. Providing Low Vision Care in the Private Practice or Clinic

    Chapter 11. Case Histories




    Barbara Brown, CO, Med, is an orthoptist and ophthalmic medical technologist who began her career as an orientation and mobility instructor. She has been dedicated to low vision care since 1976 and has helped to initiate low vision clinics in Augusta, CA; Jacksonville, FL; and several ophthalmology practices around Boston, MA. She has provided low vision care to patients, taught ophthalmology residents and ophthalmic technicians about low vision, and assisted in the development of the low vision section of the JCAHPO™ certification examinations. She has seen a tremendous increase of interest in low vision over the past 30 years and hopes that the next generation of ophthalmic and optometric health care providers of any capacity continue to be vitally concerned about the debilitating aspects of low vision and are able to help their patients with compassion and skill.

    Ms. Brown currently teaches mathematics at a high school in the Boston area. After having several low vision students, she is learning to further appreciate the needs of low vision youth. And after becoming presbyobic herself, she is learning to further appreciate the value of magnification!

    "The author has done a superb job of relaying somewhat difficult concepts in an easy to learn and enjoyable format. Not only is this book easy to read and comprehend for every member of the office, it will provide an immediate impact on how well your office helps the visually impaired. This book is a must have in the office!"

    —Brian D. Marshall, OD, TLC The Laser Center, Doody Enterprises, Inc.