Certified Low Vision Therapists (CLVTs) completes a functional low vision evaluation that identifies visual impairments. Low vision therapists work as part of a team with an ophthalmologists and optometrists.
Low vision is significant vision loss that cannot be adequately corrected with medical, surgical or conventional eyewear or contact lenses. Visual impairment is included among the 10 most prevalent causes of disability in the U.S. Causes of low vision include diseases, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa.
Low Vision Therapists uses functional vision evaluation instruments to assess visual acuity, color vision, contrast sensitivity, etc. Low Vision Therapists evaluates educational performance, quality of life and aspects of psychosocial and cognitive function.
CLVT collaborates with occupational therapists, physical therapists, vision rehabilitation specialists, orientation & mobility specialists, rehabilitation counselors, educators, speech pathologists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, orthoptists and opticians.