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Your Source for Low Vision Eyewear in Rochester, NY

When regular eyeglasses cannot give you clear enough eyesight, and medical or surgical treatment is not an option, many people simply give up on their vision. Our response to that is an emphatic - Don’t give up!

Instead, visit our low vision optometrist for an evaluation and personalized fitting with low vision eyewear. Low vision aids come in a wide variety of designs and lens powers. From simple, handheld magnifiers to advanced electronic devices, we can recommend the ideal type to satisfy your visual requirements.

Our Rochester eye doctor will get to know by performing a thorough low vision eye exam and discussing your lifestyle and the activities you love to do. After we evaluate the amount and type of remaining vision you have, we will match you with the most helpful low vision glasses to maximize your sight. It doesn’t matter whether your low vision is due to glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, a retinal disorder, or another visual impairment – we will find the best low vision eyewear for your needs.

Low Vision Aids Are Tools to Maximize Sight

Most devices that are designed to assist with low vision are classified as either optical, electronic, or non-optical. And each different type is typically geared towards a different visual task or circumstances. Therefore, many of our low vision patients require a variety of low vision glasses or aids.

Some examples of optical low vision eyewear include:

  • Handheld magnifiers:  these gadgets usually magnify between 1.5 – 20 times. They are available in foldable versions that are easy to tuck in your pocket, and some models feature battery-powered lights.
  • Spectacle-mounted magnifiers:  available as either telescopes for distance vision or microscopes for close-up tasks, these magnifiers can be used with one or two eyes.
  • Stand magnifiers: the lens of these devices can magnify up to 20 times. Mounted on stands, you move the magnifier across the text to see each line. Stand magnifiers are particularly useful if you are not able to hold your hands steady.
  • Bioptic telescopes:  similar to miniature binoculars, bioptic telescopes come in a range of lens powers. These miniature telescopes are mounted within low vision glasses to enhance vision of a specific target, and they are most suitable for people with a mild to moderate visual impairment. Our Rochester low vision patients report that bioptic telescopes simply make everything appear closer and clearer!

Low Vision Glasses Work – See for Yourself!

It is common for people who have suffered vision loss to be skeptical about low vision eyewear. A recent study, published in Acta Ophthalmologica, explored the effects of low vision aids on a group of patients (average age 82 years) with macular degeneration. The study demonstrated:

16% of patients were able to read, yet with use of a low vision aid – this number soared to 94%

Reading speed increased from 20 words per minute to 72 words per minute when a low vision aid was used

Instead of wondering whether or not low vision glasses can really help improve your life, we encourage you to book a personalized consult with our Rochester low vision optometrist– a respected member of The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) – and see the benefits with your own eyes!