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Minnesota Optometrist Launches Low Vision/Macular Degeneration Solutions

Low Vision Restoration, a low vision optometry practice with locations Inver Grove Heights and Coon Rapids, Minnesota, has launched their updated low vision exam services. Led by expert low vision optometrist Dr. Chris Palmer, the practice has an extensive track record of helping patients with low vision live their fullest lives.

As August is National Eye Exam Month, the clinic is making a push to educate people about how low vision exams are different from regular eye exams.

The practice specializes in providing state-of-the-art precision low vision eyewear that medical eye doctors often do not offer. Dr. Palmer works directly with clients to restore their ability to read, drive, work, recognize loved ones, and more.

Low Vision Restoration performs comprehensive low vision exams. The process begins with an evaluation of the patient’s medical history, including chronic conditions, prescription medications, and key health indicators, such as blood pressure.

Next, patients answer questions about their vision impairment, including the onset, the severity, and the treatments they have received. In addition, Dr. Palmer asks patients about their history with specific diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and other conditions.

During the exam, Dr. Palmer performs complex refraction to evaluate the refractive error. Further, low vision testing charts, developed by William Feinbloom, O.D., Ph.D.- a pioneer in the field of low vision – are employed to determine the extent of patient visual impairment.

Dr. Palmer carries out a variety of additional tests, including assessments of glare, contrast sensitivity, reading ability, and visual fields. Drops to dilate the pupils used in other exams are not a part of a low vision exam.

Upon completion of the exam, patients may be prescribed low vision eyewear to improve their quality of life, including bioptic telescopes, side vision awareness glasses®, E-Scoop® glasses, and prismatic lenses.

His low vision practice complements preventative eye care and medical treatments and other preventative eye care by other eye care doctors. Dr. Palmer’s practice is exclusively devoted to providing low vision vision services, including that caused by macular degeneration. In addition, he collaborates with patients’ existing eye doctors to address their visual impairments.

A spokesperson for the practice said: “Dr. Palmer recognizes that vision loss can often lead to depression, loss of independence, and reduced quality of life. He is honored to be a part of the team of doctors that include optometrists, ophthalmologists, and retina specialists who provide a holistic patient-first approach.”

More information is available at https://www.lowvisionofmn.com