"Low vision" is impaired
vision that cannot be fully restored by surgery, medical
treatments, or conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses. Low
vision is not blindness. You are not alone; over 15
million Americans have some form of visual impairment. We are
here to help. You can do something about low vision.
Our goal is to help you make the most of the eyesight you have
so you can do more of the things you need and want to do —
whether it's reading a book, writing a letter, shopping,
watching television or doing crafts.
When an individual's eyesight can not be
corrected to better than 20/200 with lenses, then he/she is
diagnosed as having low vision. Macular degeneration, diabetic
retinopathy and genetic diseases are just some of the causes of
this diminished vision.
Unfortunately many people are told that
nothing can be done. While there may not be a cure, we can design and prescribe low vision systems for
many of these individuals. Bioptic telescopes and microscopes
are mounted in a pair of glasses to allow many of them to resume
reading, cooking, hobbies, playing cards and in some cases
driving – greatly improving their lifestyles.