Special Needs Patient Exams

Special Needs Patient Exams

A comprehensive eye exam is a crucial component in the care of children and adults with special needs. At Losh Optometry, Dr. Losh offers special needs patient exams for adult and pediatric patients. He provides patients throughout the Northwest Missouri and Southwest Iowa areas with the specialized care they require for the treatment of vision issues.

Special Needs Patient Exams Q & A

What is a Special Needs Patient Eye Exam?

A special needs patient eye exam is an evaluation of vision and eye health that is modified specifically for individuals with unique requirements or developmental delays. The exam is for patients of all ages and modified to the level of verbal responsiveness and ability to interact with the eye doctor during testing and assessment. These modifications help patients participate more fully in their exams in order to evaluate the visual acuity, ocular health, and vision function (eye focusing, eye teaming, eye posture), and how effectively the individual uses their eyes in daily tasks.

Who Can Benefit from a Special Needs Eye Exam?

Any child or adult with special needs such as learning and developmental delays can benefit from a special needs eye exam. These exams are tailored to the needs of each individual. People with the conditions listed below have associated vision problems:

  • Albinism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Genetic Anomalies
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Chromosomal Abnormalities
  • Cortical Visual Impairment
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Developmental Dyspraxia (a type of coordination disorder)

Some of these conditions can affect clarity of vision, while others affect visual perception, eye focusing, teaming, or movements.

How is a Special Needs Patient Eye Exam Different from a Regular Eye Exam?

A special needs patient exam is tailored to the specific needs of the patient to ensure the best treatment of eye health. The most effective and appropriate methods and approaches are used to make the patient feel comfortable while being tested. Exams can be modified on a case-by-case basis to ensure the most accurate results. In addition to requiring special accommodations during exams, special needs patients also often have vision problems associated with their condition that require special techniques to monitor and treat. Dr. Losh has the specialized training and clinical experience required to treat a wide range of visual deficits that may be present for special needs patients.

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  • "It was a good visit. Eyes didn't change that much. Very thorough. I highly recommend Dr Losh. Thank you very much."
    Linda P. Submitted 05/03/17
  • "Dr Losh is the most thorough eye doctor I've experienced. He explains what he is doing, why he is doing it and leaves no question unanswered."
    Kelley O. Submitted 01/15/18
  • "Was very helpful and nice!"
    Trevor W. Submitted 04/06/17
  • "Great experience! I liked how much time he spending working with you and explaining things to you."
    Robin R. Submitted 03/14/17
  • "Great service and would definitely recommend to a friend."
    Kelly E. Submitted 02/28/17
  • "Great experience very professional and helpful. Friendly staff."
    Paul H. Submitted 02/01/17
  • "Great experience! The staff was very friendly and laid back."
    Bill M. Submitted 01/02/17
  • "I walked in and was immediately greeted with a smile! He helped me right away and was very pleasant to talk to! Nothing but great reviews!"
    Kay P. Submitted 10/18/16
  • "It was great. The doctor was helpful and so was the desk attendant."
    LaNee W. Submitted 10/10/16
  • "Great experience."
    Paul M. Submitted 09/29/16
  • "My family and I have been patients of Dr. Losh's for the last year and a half. Being in the health care profession myself, I truly appreciate the high standard of care that Dr. Losh provides and the professionalism that is shown in his practice. He is thorough, takes time to listen and evaluate, and I like how he explains things throughout the exam. Every Spring, I battle annoying eye allergies and had all but given up on a solution to manage them, but Dr. Losh provided a successful answer that has helped my eye allergies to be much more tolerable. I am thankful that Dr. Losh and his wife Tracey have their practice in Maryville and without hesitation, would recommend them to family and friends."
    Trelawny S. Submitted 09/02/16
  • "Great service and would definitely recommend to a friend."
    Lydia E. Submitted 09/02/16
  • "Dr Losh is awesome! He gave me a very thorough exam and took his time with me. Staff was friendly and very helpful. I felt Very comfortable. I would recommend Dr. Losh to all my friends and family."
    Barbara H. Submitted 07/12/16
  • "Great doctor! Dr. Losh is very informative and I learned a lot from my visit!"
    Breana H. Submitted 05/25/16
  • "Dr. Losh was very professional and thorough with my exam. Their office has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. They were very helpful in assisting me to choose glasses frames. I will definitely go back again and recommend Losh Optometry to my friends."
    Carma K. Submitted 03/16/16