The role of ophthalmologists in low-vision care

Shiho Kunimatsu, Tomoko Kumagai, Kozue Hozawa, Reiko Kondo, Hanae Ito, Rie Hirabayashi, Mika Kanai, Shinji Makino, Nobuhiro Ibaraki

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Purpose : To report the role of ophthalmologists in low-vision clinic. Cases : A 62-year-old female visited our low-vision clinic for retinitis pigmentosa. Corrected visual acuity was hand motion right and light perception left. Nuclear cataract was present in both eyes. After cataract surgery, visual acuity improved to 0.07 right and 0.01 left followed by improved daily activity. Another 71-year-old female had been treated by us for 21 years. Initial corrected visual acuity was 0.3 in either eye due to high myopia with chorioretinal atrophy. Use of hard contact lens resulted in visual acuity of 0.7 right and 0.5 left. After cataract surgery 7 years before, she had visual acuity of 0.2 right and 1.0 left. She was referred to low-vision clinic for failing vision in the left eye. Corrected visual acuity was 0.3 in either eye. Intraocular pressure, perimetry and funduscopy led to the detection of glaucoma. Intraocular pressure normalized after treatment. Conclusion : These two cases illustrate that ophthalmologists ought to play an active role in low-vision clinic in order to detect hitherto unidentified eye problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)449-453
Number of pages5
JournalJapanese Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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    Kunimatsu, S., Kumagai, T., Hozawa, K., Kondo, R., Ito, H., Hirabayashi, R., Kanai, M., Makino, S., & Ibaraki, N. (2010). The role of ophthalmologists in low-vision care. Japanese Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology, 64(4), 449-453.