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Low Vision Clinic Protocol

Protocol - Low Vision Clinics

Iowa Educational Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

 

What is a Low Vision Clinic?

  • Low Vision Clinic offers a special examination to determine if a student's visual functioning can be enhanced through the use of optical or non-optical devices and adaptive techniques. The vision examination is conducted by a Low Vision Practitioner, a doctor of optometry who has specialized training in working with children with visual impairments. The doctor will measure how well a student sees things that are close and things that are distant, and will determine whether the student can benefit from the use of optical devices or electronic magnification devices.

  • In addition to the Low Vision Practitioner, the Low Vision Clinic Team includes other professionals who are available to assess and/or address questions or concerns specific to the student’s individual needs: such as, use of technology, development of safe and independent travel skills, and educational strategies and techniques.

Who should attend?

  • Students who have a reduced visual acuity that interferes with educational and
    day-to-day activities are sometimes referred to as having low vision.

  • Students evaluated at the Low Vision Clinic represent a wide range of ages, developmental levels and abilities, and levels of visual functioning. Often, the appropriateness of a low vision clinic evaluation for the child who has additional disabilities depends on variables that need to be considered by the parents, the Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI), and perhaps other members of the child’s educational team.

What is the benefit to attending a Low Vision Clinic?

  • To establish a baseline of acuity measurement and general visual functioning level, for all students who have low vision.  For very young children or nonverbal children who are not able to respond to a traditional test of acuity measurement, it may be possible to use other methods to obtain a general indication of their level of visual functioning or even a distance acuity equivalent, and to give a prognosis for expected levels of visual functioning they likely will develop.

  • To help parents and teachers better understand their child’s visual condition and visual functioning, i.e., “how” he/she sees.

  • To assess visual skills in terms of whether or not vision is likely a major factor when there are concerns about other developmental areas.

  • To determine if low vision devices, technology equipment or other adaptations and accommodations will likely enhance the student’s functioning level and to assist educational team members with trial and/or acquisition of recommended devices, equipment or strategies.

 

                                        Roles and responsibilities for attendance at a Low Vision Clinic

Protocol

LVC responsibilities

TVI/OMS responsibilities

Upcoming dates and locations for clinics.

Place dates on web page.

Check IESBVI web pages regularly.

LVC forms.

Place on web page.

Download any/all forms from IESBVI web page prior to clinic.

Recall list for specific clinic.

Email AEA staff with recall list.

Read and update list.  Send changes to LVC Coordinator.

Recall letters.

Send out letters to families.

 

Add students to schedule.

Assign time.   Send confirmation letter to families.

Send Pat Barr intake form for new students.   Review schedule via email prior to clinic.

Medical vision information.

 

Forward any current or updated medical vision information to Pat Barr.

Functional Vision Assessment.

 

Forward any current or updated FVA to Pat Barr.

Day of clinic.

Provide/staff clinic and generate a report of findings for families.  Electronically send reports to TVI/OMS.  Place report on CRM.

Attend clinic with student/family.

Equipment

Optical devices will be distributed the day of the clinic.  Electronic devices will be distributed through the ADC

Return trial devices to LVC Coordinator or ADC by due date.

 

Staff

Dr. Michael Ohlson, OD. FAAO
Low Vision Clinician – eye doctor

 

Jim Judd
Low Vision Clinic Coordinator

 

Chad Brown
Technology Consultant

 

Dick Dunkelberger                                                                                       
Assistive Tech Support                                                                 
Ddunkelberger@iowa-braille.k12.ia.us                          

 

Pat Barr
LVC Support/Scheduling
 

 

Scheduling – LVC cycle of services to AEAs

AEA

LVC

Additional information

Keystone   AEA 1

One clinic per year.  Most often in Fall.

A second clinic may occur if there are enough additional or new students to warrant one.  It will take place in the spring.

AEA 267

One clinic every other year.

Clinic may occur either in the fall or spring based on TVI/OMS and student needs.

AEA 8

One clinic per year.  Most often in spring.

A second clinic may occur if there are enough additional or new students to warrant one.  It will take place in the fall.

NWAEA

One clinic per year.  Most often in fall.

A second clinic may occur if there are enough additional or new students to warrant one.  It will take place in the spring.

GHAEA

One clinic per year.  Most often in fall.

A second clinic may occur if there are enough additional or new students to warrant one.  It will take place in the spring.

AEA 11/DMPS

Four clinics per year.

Two clinics in fall.

Two clinics in spring.

Grant Wood  AEA 10

Four clinics per year

Two clinics in fall.

Two clinics in spring.

Mississippi Bend  AEA 9

One clinic per year.

Clinic may occur either in the fall or spring based on TVI/OMS and student needs.

GPAEA

One clinic every other year.

Clinic may occur either in the fall or spring based on TVI/OMS and student needs.

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