Low Vision

What Is Low Vision?

Low Vision or partial sight is the inability of the eye to perform a visual task with the use conventional lenses. (This task can be at any distance, at any time, for any purpose.) It is officially determined by a comprehensive eye exam completed by one of our Doctors.

Living With Low Vision

Individuals who have low vision problems sometimes feel all alone, however one out of every 20 Americans is dealt the same challenge. Many are unable to read ordinary print or watch television even with conventional glasses or contact lenses. Others have a quite narrow vision field like looking through a tunnel. Some individuals believe that low vision is a wall that can’t be climbed however many doctors of optometry have shown that it is a very easy hurdle to overcome and conquer.

How Is Low Vision Treated?

Low vision is treated using different apparatuses such as: conventional lenses, contact lenses, or a combination of these two. These are meant to provide comfortable sight without restriction no matter the activity or task.

What if Conventional Lenses/Contacts Fail?

If conventional lenses fail to improve the ability to see, there is still a significant chance that with the help of a ”Vision Aid” eyesight can be improved beyond conventional capabilities.

What is A Vision Aid?

A vision aid is a special optical instrument or specially designed reading material such as: A telescope for distance, microscope for close work, large print, and others, all working to make your life more enjoyable attaining new levels of visual clarity.

How Do I Learn to Use a Vision Aid?

Learning takes place during designated sessions, approximately 45 minutes to an hour, with a highly trained technician who will teach you to understand the advantages and the limitations of the aid to be used. These sessions are a “hands on experience” with the actual use of the aid. It will be made possible for you to apply these learning techniques to real world situations, seeing things not seen before. Through these sessions you and the “guide” will explore all the benefits that can be gained through the use of the aid. Without the important learning session(s), the aid may prove to be overwhelming and frustrating. This is the number one cause of failures with vision aids.

What Is The Cost of Vision Aids

All aids vary in costs with the less sophisticated costing as low as $20 , and the more complex costing as high as $2,000. For the more expensive aids there is a deductible warranty, which is issued at the time of dispensing to protect your investment in the event of breakage.

Can I Get Financial Assistance?

Most times financial assistance is available through your local association for the blind or through offices of the visually handicapped. If you are not already benefiting from one of these services, we will put you in contact with the one nearest you.