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Pediatric Low Vision Services Overview

Hand-eye binocular coordination, near and distance vision, focusing and eye movement skills and peripheral awareness are evaluation during an exam.

Undetected vision problems can cause significant difficulty with coordination and learning. Early treatment can make all the difference in your child’s vision as they grow.

We evaluate children ages 3-17 years old affected by a range of conditions, including:

  • Achromatopsia
  • Albinism
  • Glaucoma
  • Juvenile x-linked retinoschisis
  • Leber’s congenital amaurosis
  • Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy
  • Optic atrophy
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Stargardt’s disease
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Our low vision optometrists will assess your child’s vision and work with them to maximize their eyesight through the use of visual aids:

Lens-Based Optical Aids

  • Lighted magnifiers, both hand held and stand magnifiers of varied powers
  • Pocket-sized telescopes for distance spotting.
  • Conventional glasses and sunglasses
  • Near-vision, prism-based spectacles
  • Glare-control lenses
  • Frame-mounted near-vision aids similar to what a dentist might use
  • Frame-mounted telescopes or all-in-one telescopic frame-based system for distance
  • Sports goggles
  • Swim goggles

HKSB’s Low Vision Clinic is an integral part of the overall care available to someone with low vision. We empower individuals who are blind or have vision loss to live, work and thrive in their community of choice.

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Proof of legal blindness is required for admission. Services are free if you if you meet the eligibility requirements and participate in a NYS Commission for the Blind rehabilitation program. Certain optical aids and adaptive equipment are provided based on economic need.