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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is most likely to benefit from The Sight Center services?

Generally, people who benefit most from the services offered through The Sight Center include those whose visual impairment or loss…

  • interferes with their ability to carry out routine daily tasks.
  • is no longer improved through the use of glasses, contacts, surgery or medication.
  • is the result of eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.

The Sight Center staff can provide help to patients with even the most extreme vision loss. We offer a unique blend of multi-disciplinary services that provide direct support to people of all ages and socio-economic levels and virtually every range of visual impairment.

What does The Sight Center offer that is unique?

The Sight Center works with each client to determine his/her specific needs and then develops an individual plan of treatment that incorporates needed adaptive aids and devices as well as training and assistance in the home or elsewhere. The Sight Center loans devices to clients to ensure that they are right for the patient and assists clients in achieving their personal goals. Some examples of the adaptive aids and devices available include:

Near and Distance Aids

  • Illumination
  • Magnifiers — hand-held or stand magnifiers
  • Telescopes — hand-held, clip-on, spectacle-mounted
  • Sunglasses and filters to reduce glare and photosensitivity

Closed Circuit Television

  • Provides a tray table so patients can move their text in any direction
  • Provides enlargement up to 62 times
  • Provides reverse polarity (white letters on a black background)

Computer Programs

  • Screen magnification programs like Zoom Text which enlarge the text and images on the monitor
  • Speech based programs like JAWS that convert text and icons to speech so one can use the computer without needing to see the monitor
  • Additional support includes special keyboards, monitor magnifiers, scanning material into the computer, bump dots placed on important keys to
    ensure proper finger placement on keys and much more.

Adaptive Equipment

  • Large print material
  • Dial markers for tactile cues
  • Self-threading needles
  • Books on tape
  • Talking clocks and watches
  • Check signing and writing guides

How to make an appointment?

The first step to making an appointment is to complete our Self Referral Form or talk with your eye care professional regarding making a referral to The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio.

Will The Sight Center maintain contact with my physician?

Absolutely! The referring physician always remains the primary eye care provider. The Sight Center’s certified staff, including our Low Vision Optometrists, provide a full report to the referring physician regarding the recommended treatment as well as services provided for each patient.

Can referrals be made by someone other than a physician?

Most referrals are made by ophthalmologists and optometrists. However, in some cases, The Sight Center receives referrals from health and human service organizations as well as other health professionals in private practice throughout the region.

What types of fees and payment options are available at The Sight Center?

Fees vary per service. Third party payments are accepted from the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), Medicare, Medicaid, selected HMOs and private
insurance plans. When necessary, affordable access to these vital services is offered through a sliding fee schedule as well as foundation and grant support monies.

Is The Sight Center an accredited agency?

Yes, The Sight Center of Northwest Ohio is accredited by the National Accreditation Council of Agencies serving the Blind and Visually Impaired (NAC). It is the only organization in the United States that exclusively accredits schools, agencies and programs serving persons who have visual disabilities. NAC accreditation verifies compliance with quantitative and qualitative
standards within the terms of the organization’s own stated mission and purpose. The Sight Center received a five-year accreditation award that will expire in December 2018.