Low Vision Handbook for Eyecare Professionals, Second Edition

Barbara Brown, CO, MEd

  • $59.95
  • ISBN 10 1556427956
  • ISBN 13 978-1556427954
  • 208 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2007
  • Order# 67956

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.

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Section I: Introduction and Background Information
Chapter 1: Epidemiology, History, and Clinical Model for Low Vision Rehabilitation
Chapter 2: Review of Basic Anatomy, Physiology, and Development of the Visual System
Chapter 3: Visual Acuity, Contrast Sensitivity, Refractive Disorders, and Visual Fields
Chapter 4: Eye Diseases Associated With Low Vision
Chapter 5: Optics of Lenses, Refraction, and Magnification
Chapter 6: Psychosocial Issues Related to Visual Impairment

Section II: Evaluation
Chapter 7: Overview and Review of the Low Vision Evaluation
Paul B. Freeman, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Chapter 8: Occupational Therapy Low Vision Rehabilitation Evaluation

Section III: Treatment
Chapter 9: Overview of Treatment Strategy
Chapter 10: Foundation Skills and Therapeutic Activities
Chapter 11: Patient Education and Modification of the Environment
Chapter 12: Nonoptical Assistive Devices
Chapter 13: Optical Devices and Magnification Strategies
Chapter 14: Computer Technology in Low Vision Rehabilitation
Chapter 15: Adaptive Diabetes Self-Management Tools and Techniques
Debra A. Sokol-McKay, MS, CVRT, CDE, CLVT, OTR/L

Section IV: Practice Management
Chapter 16: Establishing a Low Vision Rehabilitation Specialty Practice
Chapter 17: Goal Writing


"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.

Barbara Brown, CO, Med

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!

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