How can Partners for Pediatric Vision help my child?

Every child should have the opportunity to thrive.  Children with visual impairment and those with multiple disabilities that include visual impairment can benefit from a low vision exam and from knowing what can be done to overcome the challenges of vision loss.  Our Family Specialists begin services at your child’s eye exam and are available to you throughout your child's development, from early childhood to high school graduation. Partners for Pediatric Vision staff have expertise in assessing the unique learning needs of babies, young children and teens with visual impairment.  We connect families to programs and services that specialize in working with children who are visually impaired.  Our services are focused on your child’s vision diagnosis and the information, resources and support you need to help your child succeed.

My child is currently being followed by an ophthalmologist, why do they need an exam by a pediatric low vision optometrist?

Ophthalmologists are medical doctors who specialize in the medical treatment of eye diseases.  They may prescribe medications or perform laser treatment or eye surgery to manage your child’s eye disease.  Low vision optometrists specialize in determining the extent of your child’s functional vision.  They prescribe glasses or other low vision devices like hand magnifiers or telescopes to allow your child to use their vision to the greatest extent possible.  They also provide recommendations for how your child can best use their vision during every day activities at home or at school and how to strengthen the use of their vision in cases where vision can improve.  Testing may include evaluating visual acuity, peripheral vision, contrast sensitivity, glare sensitivity, color vision, depth perception, eye alignment, and eye movement skills.  While it is important for your child to continue seeing their ophthalmologist, we feel that many children with low vision will also benefit from a low vision exam.

What types of visual interventions are available for children with vision loss at home and at school?

Every child experiences vision loss differently.  Our doctors and staff have specialized training so that individualized recommendations are made for each child based on the latest research and strategies that have been proven to be successful.  We provide parents, family members, therapists, early intervention teachers, classroom teachers and others with information on how to modify your child’s environment in order to use their vision whenever possible.  A wide range of suggestions may make a significant difference in your child’s ability to gather and learn information such as knowing the best lighting conditions, the optimal distance for using vision, preferred visual fields, whether large print or digital books are needed, or having a consultation from an orientation and mobility specialist.

Can a child who is non-verbal or multiply disabled benefit from a low vision exam?

Yes.  Partners for Pediatric Vision and the low vision optometrists we work with have experience examining children who are not able to talk and who have other disabilities.  The doctors use a variety of tests that have the special accommodations necessary for an accurate assessment of a child with special needs.  Partners for Pediatric Vision Family Specialists can suggest learning strategies that focus on how each child with multiple disabilities learns best.

What types of services do you provide for family members?

A Family Specialist will meet with you at the exam and provide follow up phone calls to help with resources and referrals, collaboration with professionals working with your child, visual intervention activities, parent education and support.  Family and community events including opportunities to meet other families are included in our services.

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Los Angeles, CA 90012

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323.612.8185

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