Dr. Kornfeld with a patient

Low Vision Optometry of Western New York, a low vision optometry practice with locations in Rochester, Niagara Falls, Syracuse, Buffalo, and Elmira, New York as well as Scranton and Clarks Summit in Pennsylvania, has launched their updated low vision exam services. Led by expert low vision optometrist Dr. George Kornfeld, the practice has an extensive track record of helping patients with low vision live their fullest lives.

As August is National Eye Exam Month, the clinic is making a push to educate people about how low vision exams are different from regular eye exams.

The practice specializes in providing state-of-the-art precision low vision eyewear, low vision eyewear that medical eye doctors often do not offer. Dr. Kornfeld works directly with patients to restore their ability to read, drive, work, recognize loved ones, and more.

Low Vision Optometry of Western New York performs comprehensive low vision exams. The process begins with an evaluation of the patient’s medical history, including chronic conditions, prescription medications, and key health indicators, such as blood pressure.

Next, patients answer questions about their vision impairment, including the onset, the severity, and the treatments they have received. In addition, Dr. Kornfeld asks patients about their history with specific diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and other conditions.

During the exam, Dr. Kornfeld performs complex refraction to evaluate the refractive error. Further, low vision testing charts, developed by William Feinbloom, O.D., Ph.D. a pioneer in the field of low vision, are employed to determine the extent of patient visual impairment.

Dr. Kornfeld carries out a variety of additional tests, including assessments of glare, contrast sensitivity, reading ability, and visual fields. Drops to dilate the pupils used in other exams are not a part of a low vision exam.

Upon completion of the exam, patients may be prescribed low vision eyewear to improve their quality of life, including bioptic telescopes, side vision awareness glasses®, EScoop® glasses, and prismatic lenses.

His low vision practice complements preventative eye care and medical treatments by other eye care doctors. Dr. Kornfeld’s practice is devoted to providing low-vision-enhancing solutions. Kornfeld Low Vision services include those caused by macular degeneration. In addition, he collaborates with patients’ existing eye doctors to address their visual impairments.

A spokesperson for the practice said: “Dr. Kornfeld recognizes that vision loss can often lead to depression, loss of independence, and reduced quality of life. He is honored to be a part of the team of doctors that include optometrists, ophthalmologists, and retina specialists who provide a holistic patient-first approach.” More information is available at https://www.kornfeldlowvision.com

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