Vision and Patients with Special Needs
How Does Triangle Visions Accommodate Patients With Special needs?
Identifying and resolving vision problems in patients with special needs, particularly for children, is exceedingly difficult on the best of days. Dealing with new surroundings and personnel is rarely easy for many special needs patients. However, at Triangle Visions Optometry, we go above and beyond to ensure that our special needs patients feel at ease for the entirety of their visit. We are passionate about providing comprehensive eye care to every patient, regardless of diagnosis. These exams are particularly important when a patient cannot communicate verbally to ensure all of their visual needs are met in a comfortable and supportive environment. Patients with Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Fragile X Syndrome all call Triangle Visions their home for eye care.
Dr. Jennifer Idoni, FAAO, FCOVD
Dr. Idoni has dedicated her professional career to connecting with and caring for special needs patients of all kinds. Prior to joining the Triangle Visions team of optometrists, Dr. Idoni completed a large portion of her residency at a vision therapy clinic intended solely for individuals on the Autism Spectrum, and she went on to develop and teach the special needs curriculum at the Arizona College of Optometry.
Additionally, Dr. Idoni has lectured nationally on the visual assessment and treatment of individuals with special needs, provided vision screenings at the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Opening Eyes Program, and has led a research study on the prevalence of visual deficiencies within a special needs population. Dr. Idoni also regularly presents to parents, educators, support groups, and school groups on the importance of visual development for scholastic and "life" achievements for many special needs patients.