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What Happens In A Low Vision Evaluation?

Low Vision Restoration, a low vision optometry practice with locations in Inver Grove Heights and Coon Rapids, Minnesota has an extensive track record of helping patients with low vision live their fullest lives. It is led by International Academy of Low Vision Specialists Fellow, Dr. Chris Palmer.

Our 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 patients to restore their ability to read, drive, work, recognize loved ones, and more.

People that seek our services have vision-limiting conditions beyond what normal glasses, surgery, or treatments can help. Common conditions that we see are macular degeneration, glaucoma, Stargardt disease, ocular albinism, diabetic retinopathy, and retinitis pigmentosa, among others.


Besides the people we work with, the in-office evaluation that Dr. Palmer performs is very different from a normal preventative and/or medical eye exam. The entire experience centers on having the patient physically see again so that they can do the things that they want to do again.

Dr. Palmer begins the evaluation by reviewing the patient’s medical history, including chronic conditions, and prescription medications.

Next, the patient answers questions about how their vision impacts their life and what their goals are, creating a wish list. Common tasks that people want to do are reading, watching tv, driving, and hobbies.

Dr. Palmer then evaluates the refractive error using specialized low vision charts, developed by William Feinbloom, O.D., Ph.D.- a pioneer in the field of low vision – to determine the extent of visual impairment. Drops to dilate the pupils used in other exams are not a part of our low vision exam.

Based on the person’s level of impairment and their wish list, Dr. Palmer designs and demonstrates the appropriate low vision eyewear including bioptic telescopes, reading telescopes, full diameter telescopes, prismatic lenses, and other solutions. Based on the findings, Dr. Palmer goes on to make a recommendation for custom eyewear to fulfill on their goals, giving them back their independence and quality of life.

Our practice is exclusively devoted to providing low vision services and devices that complement and not replace, the preventative and medical eye care provided by a patient’s optometrist and/or ophthalmologist.

Dr. Palmer recognizes that vision loss can often lead to depression, loss of independence, and reduced quality of life. He is honored to collaborate with a patient’s team of doctors that includes optometrists, ophthalmologists, and retina specialists who provide a patient-first approach. We believe that there is life after vision loss.