Low Vision Clinic

The MAB-Mackay opened its Low Vision Clinic in 1979 as the first specialized clinic of its kind in Canada. It is the main entry point for close to 2,000 people of all ages who receive rehabilitation in the MAB-Mackay’s programs for vision impaired, as well as for their continuity of care.

Beyond an evaluation of functional vision, the Low Vision Clinic presents solutions through technology that allow people to continue to perform activities of daily living at home, work and school such as reading and writing. Seemingly simple every-day tasks such as reading mail, banking, reading a novel before bed or accessing e-mails, all require different types of technology that are assessed in a clinical setting.

Following the in-depth optometric of the patient’s residual vision with our optometrist, the rehabilitation specialists develop a customized rehabilitation program based on the individual’s needs and goals.

The addition of a state-of-the-art Optical Coherence Tomography camera to the clinic last year has dramatically improved the quality of the evaluations the team is able to make. Furthermore, the device makes it is easier to assess many of the clinic’s client who are in Wheelchairs, or with very small children who are unable to sit upright unassisted. 

We thank the wonderful donors who made this technology a reality, notable Zeller Family Foundation, the Felicia and Arnold Aaron Foundation, Hylcan Foundation, Mr. Stephen Carden, Alcon Canada, Whitearn Foundation, and Protech Foundation.