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 Western 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 experience 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 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:
- 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
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.
- 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
- reading stands
- check registers
- magnifying mirror
- hight contrast watches
- 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