Low Vision Clinic
Continuing in its tradition of providing much-needed services to the residents of Mexia and the surrounding communities, Parkview Regional Hospital proudly offers its Low Vision Clinic. The service, in conjunction with Dr. Jody Tacker of Corsicana Vision Center, is an extension of the Parkview Therapy Services Department.
Low vision is described as a loss of sharpness, but may be present at a loss in the field of vision, sensitivity to light, distorted vision or a loss of contrast. Low vision is caused by a number of different conditions, including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. Some patients, they might notice that they are having a difficult time reading, differentiating colors or they've noticed it's hard to see things at a distance. These symptoms don't necessarily mean someone has low vision, but they indicate a condition that should be looked into more thoroughly.
If a person experiences any of these symptoms, a visit with an eye doctor should be arranged, as the Low Vision Clinic is a consultation service designed to follow the primary eye exam with an eye health professional. At the Low Vision Clinic, the patient will work with an occupational therapist who will assess the visual impairments, then train the patient to use adaptive equipment. She will also educate the patient about tips and techniques that can be used to compensate for the visual loss so that the patient can return to an optimal state of independence.
The services of the Low Vision Clinic are generally covered by most insurance plans and Medicare. For more information, call the Therapy Services Department at Parkview at 254-562-0408, ext 1299 or see your eye health professional.
In the photograph above is Dr. Jody Tacker (left) with Brenda Pieper, Therapy Director.