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Our comprehensive ophthalmologists can provide total eye care, from examinations and vision correction to the diagnosis and treatment of disease through medication and surgery.
Cole Eye Institute offers comprehensive specialty ophthalmic care in a state-of-the-art building equipped with advanced technology and designed for patient comfort. High-quality ophthalmic care is also offered at a number of Cleveland Clinic community locations throughout Northeast Ohio including Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights and at the Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center.
Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute is the No. 1 ophthalmology program in Ohio and top in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. As one of the few dedicated, comprehensive eye institutes in the world, our fully integrated model helps us provide patients with quick and easy access to specialty and subspecialty care for a wide spectrum of eye conditions – from the routine to the complex. Our world-class ophthalmologists specialize in diagnosing and treating all conditions of the eye, including macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
A referral from an ophthalmologist is required for a low vision evaluation. If you would like to schedule an appointment for an eye exam by an ophthalmologist, please call 216.444.2020 or 800.223.2273, ext.4-2020.
A person is said to have low vision if their sight cannot be corrected by eyeglasses, contact lenses, medical or surgical treatment. People with low vision have useful vision that can often be improved with visual rehabilitation and optical devices.
Fourteen million Americans (about one out of every 20 people) have low vision. About 135 million people around the world have low vision. One in six adults (13.5 million people) 45 years of age and older has some form of visual impairment. For adults, 75 years of age or older, the number is even more dramatic, one in four.
A complete eye examination by an ophthalmologist or optometrist is essential. Once the cause of your low vision is determined, your ophthalmologist or optometrist may recommend a low vision evaluation.
A low vision examination is an optical and functional evaluation to enhance vision with the goal of participating in desired activities. Prescription of optical devices, such as high-powered spectacles and magnifiers, may be recommended to optimize remaining vision. The Low Vision Department will determine the most appropriate device for you based on individualized goals, such as reading, watching television, enjoying hobbies or recreational activities. The low vision evaluation is coordinated with medical, educational and rehabilitative services to enable the individual to maximize sight.
There are hundreds of optical devices. Each optical device is used for a particular task and a certain work distance. Multiple devices may be prescribed to improve vision for different tasks. Here are some of the available devices:
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Type of Doctor: Adults Only
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