Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I have low vision?

UAMS Low Vision ClinicThere are many signs that can signal vision loss. For example, even with your glasses, do you have difficulty:

  • Recognizing faces of friends and relatives?
  • Doing things that require you to see well up close like reading, cooking, sewing or fixing things around the house?
  • Picking out and matching the color of your clothes?
  • Doing things at work or home because lights seem dimmer than they used to?
  • Reading street and bus signs or the names of stores?

Vision changes like these could be early warning signs of eye disease. Usually, the earlier your problem is diagnosed, the better your chance of successful treatment and keeping your remaining vision.

What do I need to do?

Regular dilated eye exams should be part of your routine health care. However, if you believe your vision has recently changed, you should see your eye care professional as soon as possible.

What should I bring to my appointment?

You need to bring all eye wear currently being used along with a list of your prescription and over-the-counter medications currently used. Also, please bring all medical insurance cards and/or referrals from your medical doctor. Payment of co-insurance, co-payments, deductibles, or non-covered services, when applicable, is required at the time of service.

What type of medical insurance is accepted at the UAMS Jones Eye Institute?

The Eye Institute accepts most Medicare and Medicaid plans, Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans and many other vision and insurance programs. Verification of your plan benefits/coverage is required before your appointment. If required by your insurance or vision plan, please obtain the necessary referrals or authorizations from your primary care doctor prior to your appointment.

After my physician has made a referral for therapy, what will the therapist help me do?

An occupational therapist can assist you in the following ways:

  • Teaching you to utilize your remaining vision to complete activities
  • Training in the use of adaptive equipment
  • Modifying the activity so it can be performed with reduced vision
  • Adapting the home to enhance safety and task performance
  • Referrals to community resources

In most cases a patient is seen by the occupational therapist in the same day as their appointment with the doctor. If you need further assistance with an occupational therapist, please call 501-526-5770 to schedule an appointment.