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Low Vision Optometrist Helps Syracuse Patients

Read, Drive, See Faces, & Use The Computer Again

Dr. George Kornfeld has helped countless patients from upstate New York, use their remaining vision to live their life to the fullest.

We welcome patients from Syracuse and Onondaga County to Low Vision Optometry of Beverly kornfeld Testimonial3Western New York. Our low vision optometrist, Dr. Kornfeld’s experience extends beyond theoretical, as his wife is counted as one of his most loyal patients. Unlike other diseases, eye diseases that cause low vision require two doctors. The Opthalmologist or Retinologist will help diagnose and treat the medical treatment of your condition, while the Low Vision Optometrist will help the patient maximize their remaining vision to help them perform the activities they enjoy such as driving, reading, knitting, using the computer and watching the television.

Our Low Vision Doctor

Our low vision optometrist, Dr. George Kornfeld OD. has close to half a century of Dr Kornfeldexperience with the latest visual aids and methods to assist patients with diseases that affect their vision. Dr. Kornfeld has extensive training, including being under the mentorship of the founder of low vision optometry, Dr. William Fienbloom. In addition to his extensive experience, Dr. Kornfeld is a member of The International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists, the premier association for low vision optometrists.

What Is Low Vision?

Low vision is the condition where a patient’s visual needs are not corrected by traditional woman wearing lowvision aidmethods such as glasses or contact lenses. Macular degeneration or ARMD is the most common form of visual impairment that leads to low vision, however, there are many other less known eye diseases and conditions that can cause a patient to need alternative methods of vision correction. A low vision optometrist is there to help patients understand the many different low vision aids that are available and understand what can and cannot be achieved with them.

What Causes Low Vision?

Low Vision is defined as any lack of vision that is not able to be corrected with either glasses or contact lenses alone. There are many potential causes for low vision, our low vision doctor has patients see him in Syracuse for the following conditions:

Low Vision Causes
  • Macular Degeneration-The leading cause of vision loss for people over 60, causing loss of central vision, or a black hole in your vision.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy-A complication of Diabetes that causes damage to the blood cells in the retina.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa-A genetic condition that causes cell death in the retina, leading to loss of side vision and night vision. 
  • Stargardt’s Disease-A genetic disease that causes degeneration of the macula which is responsible for central vision. Sometimes this disease is called Juvenile Macular Degeneration. 
  • Glaucoma-A common eye disease that is caused by optic nerve damage from intraocular pressure, because it lacks early symptoms of vision loss it is often called the silent thief of sight. 
  • Stroke-Hemianopsia- Vision loss that is commonly a result of a stroke, Hemianopsia effects side vision and is corrected with special prism glasses. 
  • Albinism and other vision limiting diseases-Affects the pigment in the Iris and retina, which in turn severely affects the patient's vision. 
  • Achromatopsia- A condition that affects the patient's ability to discern color, Achromats are usually helped with filters and magnification. 
  • Cataracts-Patients with inoperable cataracts or patients that are required to wait a while before their cataract surgery are often helped with low vision aids. 
  • Macular hole-Cause central vision loss and often leads to distorted or blurry central vision. 
  • Optic Atrophy-A symptom of other diseases, optic atrophy is the lack of optic nerve as a result of other diseases. 
  • Nystagmus-A condition that causes uncontrollable eye movements, which leads to vision loss and issues with balance. Nystagmus is often corrected with prisms. 
  • Pathological Myopia
  • Rod Cone Dystrophy
  • Fuchs Dystrophy

Visual Aids
Low vision devices help your vision so you can perform daily tasks efficiently and effortlessly.There are different types of low vision devices such as optical devices, non-optical, electronic magnifiers and magnifying systems. Low vision devices are designed for close-up visual tasks or distance viewing.

Low Vision Optical Devices

  • Magnifiers - can be of different varieties such as hand-held, stand, spectacle magnifiers, bar and dome magnifiers.
  • Telescopes - types of telescopes include hand-held, spectacle mounted, bioptic, clip-on.
  • Glare Control Devices - there are different devices that prevent glare such as tinted lenses, caps, hats, visors
Non-Optical Low Vision Devices
  • lamps
  • reading stands
  • check registers
  • needle-threaders
  • magnifying mirror
  • hight contrast watches
Electronic Devices
  • Close Circuit Television (CCTV) - a zoom television camera to magnify materials onto a tv.
  • Conversion Systems - non-optical electronic devices include talking watches, talking calculators

What Makes Low Vision Optometry of Western New York Unique?

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Driving With Low Vision

Many of our patients from Syracuse are amazed that with bioptic telescope glasses they may be able to drive again.

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Hope For Your Loved One

Low vision is not only a disease with physical symptoms, in most cases the patient feels hopeless and depressed. A visit to a low vision optometrist often has the family expressing gratitude for giving back hope.

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Hope For Macular Degeneration

AMD is the leading cause of vision loss for Americans over 60. While AMD is not curable, there is a reason not to give up hope. The latest optical technology and digital technology have created breakthroughs that will allow a person with AMD to read, drive, sew and recognize faces.

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Juvenile Macular Degeneration

JMD also known as macular dystrophy is the term used for multiple inherited diseases that affect children and young adults. The most common forms of JMD are Best's disease and Stargardt's disease which often can lead to blindness.
At the moment there is no treatment for JMD. Visual aids and adaptive training can help those with vision loss to remain active.

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