Low Vision Services

Mission Hospital's low vision services are a resource for people with irreversible changes in vision that cannot be corrected by conventional eyeglasses.

Our goal is to help our patients make the best use of residual sight and remain as independent as possible. We work with people who have:

  • Loss of central vision, most often caused by macular degeneration
  • Impaired peripheral (side) vision, generally caused by glaucoma or stroke
  • Conditions that can cause increased sensitivity to light and glare
  • Overall blur due to cataracts, corneal scars, diabetes, or other conditions
  • Post-surgical conditions

When patients come to the Low Vision Center, they:

  • Are evaluated by a low vision optometrist to determine how to maximize usable vision
  • May be given a prescription for a special optical device
  • Are trained by a therapist to use a prescribed optical device

Latest Vision Enhancement Systems

We are pleased to offer some of the newest technology available to help people with low vision. Because each person's eyesight is different, we have several low vision systems that we may demonstrate as part of an evaluation. If a specific product works well,  we will provide information on how it may be purchased. Some of the low vision systems that can be tried in our office include:

  • Assistive technology software
  • Closed circuit (CC) TVs
  • Electronic magnifying systems including video magnification
  • High quality magnifiers
  • Lighting systems
  • Scan and read devices
  • Touch sensitive equipment

Other services that we offer include:

  • Instruction in independent living skills
  • Support groups
  • Information and community referrals
  • Occupational therapy for vision loss caused by stroke or brain injury

Contact Low Vision Center

For more information about Mission's Low Vision services call us at 828-213-4370 or e-mail us at sue.ponder@msj.org

Patients are seen by appointment only. To schedule an initial appointment, please call us at 828-213-2222.

Location

The Low Vision Center
240 Sardis Road
Asheville, NC, 28806