Vision rehabilitation is an essential service for those suffering visual impairment. At Calgary Eye Specialist Clinic, in addition to managing the medical and surgical needs of all our patients, we want to prioritize low vision rehabilitation and its role in empowering patients to make use of their remaining sights to function and live independently.
Low Vision rehabilitation services have a positive impact on patients’ quality of life, independence, and emotional well-being. Studies have shown that decreased vision is also associated with an increased risk of falls, hindering safe and independent living, eventually leading to an earlier than needed admission into a long-term care facility.
As part of this service, a formal assessment by Dr. Khosla will help characterize residual vision and a patient-centered rehabilitation plan is created. The rehabilitation plan will include lighting techniques, magnifying devices, and adapting the home environment for safety protocols and navigation purposes.
Dr. Khosla is committed to bringing awareness and ensuring that all his patients feel empowered to make use of their remaining vision and are given access to all resources so that they may be able to live and function independently and confidently. If you are wanting to know more about Modern Low Vision Rehabilitation, please visit https://ab.visionlossrehab.ca for more information.
Dr. Khosla uses prismatic image relocation in cases with age-related macular degeneration. Prismatic image relocation is a method of stabilizing oculomotor functions with the purpose of promoting better function of preferred retinal loci. Prisms incorporated into spectacles redirect images entering the eye to the new, eccentrically developed “pseudofovea” (Fig. 1). The pseudofovea, which occurs naturally in cases of macular loss, serves as a PRL for perception of visual stimuli. Low Vision rehabilitation therapy studies in patients with AMD have consistently shown improvement of skills selected for rehabilitation after the application of techniques designed to improve PRL usage.