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Treatment for Low Vision

Low Vision care is a unique method of care because it considers your personal life and favorite activities, not only the extent of your visual difficulties. Low Vision doctors work closely with each patient to determine the best low vision glasses,  visual aids and devices to improve their quality of life.

The types of prescription low vision glasses and low vision  products that your doctor may recommend depend on what your goals are.

  • Do you want the ability to recognize faces more clearly and with more definition? Then bioptic telescopic glasses may help.
  • If you struggle reading a newspaper, book, or restaurant menu, reading telescope glasses or electronic magnifiers can make this easier.
  • Do you find it hard to clearly see street lights and signs and while driving? E-Scoop and  Bioptic Telescopic Lenses could improve your distance vision, allowing you to drive safely and independently.

Can a Low Vision Doctor Help Me?

Our Low Vision doctors fit their patients with custom vision aids and devices, allowing them to maximize the use of their remaining vision.

FAQ

Someone suffering from Low Vision can not only regain their ability to perform everyday tasks, but their independence and human dignity, as well.

A 65-year-old patient with Macular Degeneration wants to go shopping and visit friends without feeling like a burden on others. A Low Vision doctor can custom design a pair of bioptic telescope glasses, enabling the patient to drive, read, and go shopping once again, without needing anyone else’s help.

Independence is a beautiful thing.

The Latest in Low Vision Aid Technology

A Low Vision aid is any tool or device that can help a person with vision loss perform everyday tasks. The treatment for Low Vision has changed drastically with new technologies which have revolutionized Low Vision and resulted in far more effective methods of regaining vision functionality.

To get the most out of our expert Low Vision care, it’s important for patients to understand the various types of aids and devices available. The more you know how they help your vision loss, the more effective they can be.

There have been major improvements in the optical design and construction of Low Vision telescopes, microscope glasses, filters, and prisms. A wide range of digital devices have been developed which can significantly boost the functional ability of a Low Vision sufferer.

Popular Low Vision Aids

For many people, the proper use of a Low Vision device means being able to read, drive, sew, play cards, watch TV, and use a computer — all of which would be impossible without Low Vision aids.

IALVS doctors work to maximize Low Vision patients’ remaining vision to its full potential in order to recover and save vision functionality. How do we do this? We use a number of highly specialized, prescription Low Vision optics/glasses and other vision devices to help people regain their independence.

Because each patient is unique, it’s crucial to speak with a Low Vision doctor who will help you find the one that will give you the best solution to your specific needs. This is why IALVS is the preferred choice for Low Vision expertise for patients from all over the US and Canada.

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Telescopic Eyeglasses
Miniature Binoculars inserted into eyeglasses are called TELESCOPIC SPECTACLES. The patient’s eyeglass prescription as well as the highest quality optics must be used in the system for maximum clarity. Telescopic spectacles can be for one eye (monocular) or two eyes (binocular). The telescope can be mounted in various positions in the glasses.

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Full Diameter Position

Either small or larger telescopes are placed in the center of the frame for tasks not requiring mobility. They are used for reading, television, card playing, or simply enjoying seeing the faces of those in conversation.

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Near Position
Two telescopes can be “converged” for use at near when reading or performing fine detailed tasks. Telescopes vary in power, field, weight, focusable and non-focusable. Telescopic optics is very complex. The knowledge and experience of the doctor in designing and fitting is extremely important in determining what is best for you. Drs. Shuldiner, Sawyer and Limtiaco have designed and fit thousands of patients with telescopic spectacles and are extremely experienced in this area of optometry. Cost varies with the prescription needed in the system and the type of telescopes ordered. This can be discussed during the FREE TELEPHONE INTERVIEW.

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Custom Position
Telescopes can be placed in any position and at any angle a task demands. For example, a of custom telescope was designed for a student who needed one telescope angled down for reading and writing and the other up for seeing the teacher and the chalkboard. Telescopes vary in power, field, weight, focusable and non-focusable. Telescopic optics is very complex. The knowledge and experience of the doctor in designing and fitting is extremely important in determining what is best for you.Dr.’s Shuldiner, Sawyer and Limtiaco have designed and fit thousands of patients with telescopic spectacles and are extremely experienced in this area of optometry. Cost varies with the prescription needed in the system and the type of telescopes ordered. This can be discussed during the FREE TELEPHONE INTERVIEW.

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Microscope Eyeglasses
Microscope Eyeglasses are double lens systems that combine the patients eyeglass prescription with the amount of magnification needed. The amount of magnification depends upon the level of remaining vision and the size of the material to be seen. These state of the art optical systems require two lenses piggybacked to reduce the blur and aberrations caused by high powered lenses. Because they require a close working distance, they are usually used with one eye (monocular).

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Prismatic Eyeglasses
Prismatic eyeglasses can be single or double lens systems and incorporate prism to allow the two eyes to work together. They are useful for patients whose eyes are approximately equal in vision and do not require high magnification.

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Introducing the E-Scoop®
The E-Scoop® lens was developed to bridge the gap between standard eyeglasses and head borne telescopes. Whether your difficulty be night driving, bright light, sunlight, or simply seeing clearly in the distance, the E-Scoop® lens placed over a standard eyeglass prescription will help you see better. The E-Scoop® lens is comprised of five basic optical properties: custom yellow tint, anti-reflective coating, special lens thickness, base curve, and base up prism. When these five optical properties are combined into the E-Scoop lens, the image is enhanced and shifted to a different part of the macula allowing the patient to see better.

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The Science of Vision Vitamins
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a disease that currently affects approximately 1.75 million people and is expected to increase to 3 million by the year 2020. The National Institutes of Health has dedicated vast resources to study the causes and preventative measures possible to help manage AMD. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH have demonstrated with two scientific studies (AREDS I & II) that nutritional supplements can slow down, stop or even prevent age related macular degeneration. Numerous other studies, including the Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation trial (LAST), have demonstrated visual improvement in patients taking specific high-dose supplements that include lutein, zeaxanthin and omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil.

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