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.