PILOT STUDY TOWARD THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FOLLOW-UP MEASURE ON THE IMPACT OF PEDIATRIC LOW VISION SERVICES

Title PILOT STUDY TOWARD THE DEVELOPMENT OF A FOLLOW-UP MEASURE ON THE IMPACT OF PEDIATRIC LOW VISION SERVICES
Author, Co-Author Derrald Taylor, Peter Russo, Michael Zost, John Rimkus
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Year
1992
Day
Monday
Program Number
Poster 51
Room
Great Hall
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Abstract A model for the delivery of pediatric low vision services was first presented to the AAO in 1987. This project, funded by the Lions of Illinois Foundation, serves visually impaired children demonstrating financial need who are referred by their classroom teachers to maximize their visual potential. Retrospective data collected from 1987 to 1991 is presented to further develop the diagnostic and functional profile of this population. Data selection was made as to primary diagnosis, geographic distribution, educational setting, best visual acuity, primary reading modality, eligibility to drive, and the distribution of devices prescribed. Although the data is significant for defining the demographics and vision potential of this population, literature describing similar projects fails to report on longer term follow-up mechanisms and results. A telephone follow-up questionnaire was devised to be administered to the child's teacher or parents six months post-examination to establish the impact of the low vision services on the child. As a pilot-study, the follow-up from 10 cases is presented, and a current model for effective follow-up is provided. In a larger study, we will attempt to apply this tool to more patients in the above sample in addition to implementing it on future clinics.
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