What is Functional Vision?

  • Fully corrected vision (with glasses or contact lenses) that is insufficient to do what you want to do. This may include reduced vision, blind spots, poor peripheral vision, reduced contrast or light sensitivity. Activities of daily life that may be impacted include reading mail, paying bills, signing your name, watching television, or recognizing faces. It may also affect mobility, such as walking, crossing the street, climbing stairs, or driving.
  • If any of these tasks or activities is limited due to your vision, a Functional Vision Evaluation can help provide solutions for you.

Scheduling a Functional Vision Evaluation:

  • These are the steps that need to be completed in order to schedule:
    • Complete medical eye exam completed within the past year
    • Medical records faxed/sent to McDonald Eye Care for review including any and all medical tests completed at your last eye exam

What to expect at your Functional Vision Evaluation at McDonald Eye Care?

  • During your appointment, the doctor will discuss your visual goals with you, and your “wish list” for tasks you would like to accomplish with better ease.
  • The doctor will measure your vision several ways to ensure you are wearing the most accurate corrective lenses.
  • Next, the doctor will trial several devices including magnifiers, telescopes, tints/filters, and assistive technology based on your visual needs.
  • Based on the trial, the doctor will recommend glasses, magnifiers, or other devices to assist you in completing your goals.
  • Other information and resources may also be recommended including State Services for the Visually Impaired, Vision Loss Resources, or The Low Vision Store.

To get the most out of your Functional Vision Evaluation please keep in mind the following:

  • Bring in any and all glasses, magnifiers, or visual aids that you use to help accomplish visual tasks along with any reading material (newspaper, magazines, books, kindles, tablets, etc).
  • Consider bringing a family member or friend to sit in on the evaluation
  • The evaluation will be unlike any other eye examinations you have had in the past. The visit will focus on visual function and using your remaining vision to its fullest potential.
  • You will need to continue to have your medical eye care needs monitored by your primary eye care provider. We believe it is important to keep them informed throughout the process and will send a copy of the Functional Vision Evaluation along with our recommendations, assessment, and plan.

Functional Vision Evaluation Intake Form