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The Lighthouse Clinician’s Guide to Low Vision Practice
Lighthouse International’s Guide Lauded by Leaders in Low Vision

A comprehensive, updated publication, The Lighthouse Clinician’s Guide to Low Vision Practice, from the experts at Lighthouse International, is now available from the 106 year-old nonprofit leader in vision rehabilitation and education. The 200-page book will serve as the seminal text for training ophthalmology and optometry students and residents, as well as practicing clinicians, in the principles of low vision clinical care and vision rehabilitation.

According to Dr. Eleanor E. Faye MD, FACS, Lighthouse International Medical Director Emerita, and a pioneer in low vision, “The guide addresses the needs clinicians have in dealing with a population that has vision loss but some functional, usable vision. We believe that the benefits of taking a functional approach will carry over to your general eye care patients as well.“ There is a growing need for low vision services. Due to aging baby boomers and diseases such as diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration, sixty one million Americans are at-risk of vision loss.

The Lighthouse Clinician’s Guide to Low Vision Practice helps clinicians understand low vision principles, enhances their knowledge of disease consequences, provides insight for addressing patient complaints, and increases the effectiveness of treatment – both medical and surgical – through low vision rehabilitation.

The guide has been endorsed by, Mary Lou Jackson, MD, Chair of Vision Rehabilitation Committee, American Academy of Ophthalmology and John Musick, OD. Chair of the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry.

In the Foreword, Dr. Jackson states, “In the American Academy of Ophthalmology guideline, Vision Rehabilitation for Adults, the role of the primary eye care provider was outlined as needing to “recognize and respond” – recognize the functional impact of even minimal vision loss on function, and respond by advising patients of options for rehabilitation. This book assists clinicians who provide eye care to understand what can be offered to patients with vision loss.”

Additionally, Dr. Musick notes, “This manual provides clinicians with a contemporary knowledge base that will help transform their practice from one that could only, at one time, tell their low vision patients, ‘I’m sorry, nothing else can be done,’ to one that proclaims, ‘Now, let’s see what we can do to improve your functional vision.’”

This book will help ophthalmologists and optometrists learn to:

  • Identify low vision patients
  • Evaluate functional impairment and correlate it to a patient’s disease
  • Assess how medical and surgical interventions impact a patient’s functional vision
  • Perform low vision refraction and prescribe appropriate low vision optical devices
  • Integrate low vision care and vision rehabilitation components into their practice
  • Recognize how vision rehabilitation specialists can improve the quality of life for patients

The book was supported by a grant from the Sanna and Victor Borge Memorial Fund. The book costs $39.95 plus shipping. To order please e-mail or call (212) 821-9470.

The Professional Education program at Lighthouse offers the most extensive, multidisciplinary continuing education programs available in the field, including clinical training. oberserverships, new self-paced, accessible online courses, and timely webinars. Many of the programs are accredited by a wide range of organizations including the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE), the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP). For more information about continuing education offerings, visit us at

The Authors:

Eleanor E. Faye, MD, FACS
Medical Director, Lighthouse International; Emeritus Attending Ophthalmic Surgeon, Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital; Adjunct Clinical Faculty, State University of New York College of Optometry

Lisa Chan-O’Connell, OD, FAAO
Advanced Low Vision Clinic, New York Harbor Health Care System; Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor, State University of New York College of Optometry; Low Vision Clinical Consultant, Lighthouse International

Michael Fischer, OD, FAAO
Chief, Optometry Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Northport, Northport, NY; Low Vision Clinical Consultant, Lighthouse International; Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, State University of New York College of Optometry

Benjamin Freed, OD, FAAO
Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, New York Medical College; Assistant Clinical Professor, State University of New York College of Optometry; Director, Low Vision Service, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

Linda Pang, OD
Low Vision Optometrist, Lighthouse International; Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, State University of New York College of Optometry

Bruce P. Rosenthal, OD, FAAO
Chief of Low Vision Programs, Lighthouse International; Adjunct Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Adjunct Distinguished Service Professor, State University of New York College of Optometry.

About Lighthouse
Founded in 1905, Lighthouse International is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to fighting vision loss through prevention, treatment and empowerment. It achieves this through clinical and rehabilitation services, education, research and advocacy. For more information about vision loss and its causes, contact Lighthouse International at 1-800-829-0500 or visit



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