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Our office provides eye care to low vision patients, such as individuals with advanced macular degeneration, glaucoma and retinitis pigmentosa. These patients may be partially sighted or legally blind, but fortunately, very few legally blind patients are totally without sight. Dr. Bojeczko is the low vision specialist in our office. She may prescribe magnifiers, telescopes, microscopes or special filters to help patients use their remaining sight more effectively. She is an authorizer and supplier with the Assistive Devices Program (ADP), a government program that covers 75% of the cost of many of these devices.
For near we often use magnifiers to help patients read smaller print. These magnifiers can be simple hand magnifiers or illuminated magnifiers. They are available in powers ranging from 2X to 12X.
For distance we use telescopes to magnify distance objects. A telescope can be mounted in a pair of eye glasses, either placed off in the corner for occasional use, or placed in the centre for constant use. Hand-held telescopes are another option, which are usually worn on a string around your neck and brought up to your eye when you need it. Another popular telescope we use is much like a pair of binoculars, but lighter in weight and head mounted. They are available in powers from 2X to 7X, and are specifically designed for low vision use.
High Technology devices are available for both magnification and telescoping use. Some of our most popular options include:
• Automatic focusing telescopes, which allows patients to frequently switch from one working distance to another. These devices are head mounted and will refocus from distance to reading automatically. They are available by various manufacturers, under different names.
• A Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), used primarily for reading. These devices use camera optics to transfer written material onto a television screen, and can magnify images by as much as 40X.
• Eschenbach’s SmartLux Digital Hand-held Video Magnifier, a small device that can magnify print up to 12X and is small enough to fit in a purse or small bag.
If you or someone you know has subnormal vision, call to book an eye examination and low vision assessment with Dr. Bojeczko. During the assessment, the patient will be allowed to trial various devices to meet their individual needs.