The Center for Visual Rehabilitation at the Cizik Eye Clinic
The Center for Visual Rehabilitation at the Cizik Eye Clinic at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center began as the Memorial Hermann Low Vision Unit, originally occupying only one room. As the list of patients grew, along with the list of services offered, so did the need for space. Today, the Center occupies 800 square feet on the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza's 19th floor, and at any given time has a client list of about 25 to 30, ranging from children to elderly patients.
The Richard S. Ruiz, M.D. Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston has always offered low vision services, but the opening of the Center in May 2009 marked the first time a comprehensive visual rehabilitation program was offered. The Center received strong support from Richard Ruiz, M.D., then chairman of the department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, and from his successor, Robert Feldman, M.D.
The ergonomically designed facility uses a range of tools, from high-tech devices such as the Dynavision™, which helps with eye-hand coordination, peripheral vision and tracking skills, to simple but effective aids such as portable magnifiers, talking watches, telephones with enlarged keys and the closed-circuit television, which allows patients to project an enlarged image of what they want to see on a video monitor. Visually impaired patients can learn how to cook and be independent in the Center's fully equipped adaptive kitchen.
The Center offers visual rehabilitation services for all ages and diagnoses ranging from congenital conditions to acquired conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma and stroke-related vision loss. For more information about the Center for Visual Rehabilitation, contact us at 713.559.5200 or visit the Center's website.