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I can read the street signs so much better...
- TJ M. OF Rochester, NY
and I even see the television more clearly
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- R.G. OF Rochester, NY
What is Low Vision?
Coping With Low Vision
Driving With Low Vision In New York
Low vision is the term used for people with vision that is impaired and cannot be corrected with glasses or contact lenses. While medically many conditions may not be treatable, there are a lot of devices that can drastically improve independence.
The most common disease that causes low vision is macular degeneration, which is found in either dry or wet form in those over the age of 50, or as juvenile macular degeneration such as Stargardt and Bests and Juvenile Retinoschisis.
Additional causes of low vision include; diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, Cataracts, eye injuries and hereditary conditions.
Low vision can be a tremendous shock for people and lead to many negative consequences if not handled properly.
Aside from the vision loss which is devastating on its own, a low vision person loses their ability in many cases to live independently.
Previously important aspects of their life like driving, working, reading, and cooking can become difficult. In many cases the vision loss can effect their ability to walk around safely causing tremendous stress on the patient and their family.
Fortunately there are many ways to live a normal, productive, happy and independent life with low vision.
One of the hardest things a low vision patient faces is their lack of mobility. In many cases it seems like overnight they lost their ability to get around to work, the store, or to go out with friends.
New York is one of the 41 states that allows the use of bioptic telescopes as a driving aid. With the bioptic telescope, a driver whose vision is corrected to 20 / 40 with a telescope and 20 / 100 normally and has a 140 degree field of view is a candidate for a telescopic driver’s license. With vision between 20 / 50 – 20 / 70 and a 140 degree field a limited license is possible.
Our eye doctor will assess if bioptics for driving are the right choice for you, and will assist in the process of becoming a low vision driver in the state of New York.
Ever look through a pair of field glasses or binoculars? Things look bigger and are easier to see. Dr. Kornfeld and members of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) are using miniaturized telescopes mounted on glasses to help people who have lost vision from:
WET OR DRY
JUVENILE MACULAR DEGENERATION
LOW VISION TELESCOPE GLASSES
BOOK AN EXAM
COPING WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENT
Macular Degeneration (AMD/ARMD)
Telescope Implants For Macular Degeneration
Our eye doctor provides the highest level of care for patients with macular degeneration. Our eye doctor will assess the patients visual level and ask the patient about their goals for vision.
Based on the assessment our eye doctor will provide tailor made solutions which may include specific supplements following the AREDS2 formula, telescope or bioptic telescope glasses, escoop or magnified readers, computer software, magnifiers and CCTV, and in advanced cases our eye doctor may recommend implantable telescopes (IMT) such as Centrasight.
One of the most amazing innovations in eyecare is the miniature implantable telescope.
This telescope created by Centrasight, is implanted in one of the eyes, replacing the lens with a telescope that acts like a camera zoom.
The eye with the telescope is responsible for center vision while the other eye processes peripheral.
Patients with end stage macular degeneration, that have center sight loss in both eyes have averaged a 3-4 line improvement as well as noticeable improvement in their quality of life.
For patients with visual impairment computer usage can be difficult or near impossible. There are options that can help people with low vision and the use of computers.
Low vision gasses help you regain your independence. With the help of new technology eye doctors are now able to overcome the visual effects of certain eye diseases.
Cataracts are a common cause of vision loss after age 55. Learn more about recognizing cataracts symptoms, protecting your eyes and understanding cataract surgery.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of preventable vision loss and blindness in adults in the United States and Canada and the second leading cause of blindness in the World.
Do you or a loved one have Macular Degeneration?
One of the most common side effects of Macular Degeneration are hallucinations that occur when your vision degrades. Charles Bonnet Syndrome affects millions of people with AMD.
Is Centrasight right for you? A new technology, the first implantable medical device for those suffering end stage macular degeneration.
If you or a loved one has Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardt's, Best Disease, Juvenile Retinoschisis) call us for a free consultation.
Any signs of vision loss should prompt a doctors visit; if you have a problem that can't be corrected with eyewear or surgery, low vision aids can help.
Age-related vision loss can be addressed with practical solutions.
Our Low Vision blog has lots of helpful information for the visually impaired.
Read inspiring stories from our patients.