Volume 44 Number 4 2007
Pages 593 — 598

Abstract - Acquired Monocular Vision Rehabilitation program

Carolyn Ihrig, OD;1-2* Daniel P. Schaefer, MD, FACS3-4

1Buffalo Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Buffalo, NY; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Division of Low Vision, 3Department of Otolaryngology, and 4Department of Ophthalmology, Division of Oculoplastic, Orbital Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, Ira G . Ross Eye Institute, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY

Abstract — Existing programs concerning patients with low vision do not readily meet the needs of the patient with acquired monocular vision. This article illustrates the development, need, and benefits of an Acquired Monocular Vision Rehabilitation evaluation and training program. This proposed program will facilitate the organization of vision rehabilitation with eye care professionals and social caseworkers to help patients cope with, as well as accept, and recognize obstacles they will face in transitioning suddenly to monocular vision.

Key words: acquired monocular vision, acquired monocular vision rehabilitation, cognitive function, depression, independence, loss of depth perception, monocular motility skills, motor development, nasal or temporal occlusion, neuro-optometric rehabilitation, polycarbonate lenses, prisms, supportive counseling, traumatic brain injury, visual field defects, visual rehabilitation.

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