We know that if you’re reading this you probably don’t have macular degeneration or any other debilitating eye disease, but maybe you know someone who does. People with low vision have great difficulties driving, reading, writing, using a computer, watching TV, seeing faces, and many other activities of daily living. Fortunately, you can improve their quality of life by scheduling them for a low vision examination.
Many people with macular degeneration (or “amd”, as it is commonly referred to), glaucoma, inoperable cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, cornea disease, retina detachment, retinitis pigmentosa, macular edema, Stargardt disease, optic atrophy, among many other forms of eye disease, reach a point where their eye doctor tells them there is nothing else medically that can be done for them. As a result, they are left with reduced vision, or “low vision” which cannot be improved with regular eyeglasses. This is when it’s time to work with a low vision eye doctor. A low vision doctor prescribes and dispenses specially-designed lenses and vision devices. They work in conjunction with the patient’s current ophthalmology specialists and/or optometrist.
A low vision examination helps maximize the use of the patient’s remaining vision. This allows them to perform activities that have been difficult or impossible for them to do previously due to their blurry vision. First, the doctor determines the patient’s level of remaining vision. Next, the patient is evaluated with various low vision glasses and other devices. Finally, the patient can experience exactly how they will see with their new low vision glasses and other devices, and to compare that with their current glasses.
Have you or a loved one been told by an eye doctor that “NOTHING MORE CAN BE DONE”? If so, Dr. Winkler can prescribe special telescopic glasses for distance viewing and microscopic glasses for near viewing. In addition, he can dispense and recommend other non-prescriptive devices. Low vision devices are specifically designed to assist patients suffering with blurry vision due to a whole host of problems. Some of the more common eye conditions are:
Do you know someone who has trouble reading the newspaper, the mail, or books? As a result, have they resorted to using some miserable little handheld magnifier that is both ineffective and difficult to hold steady? In addition, can they no longer enjoy watching television or their children’s or grandchildren’s games, concerts, recitals and other events? To learn about some of the many special low vision glasses and devices that can help those who are visually impaired due to macular degeneration and other eye conditions, please click here.
Losing one’s driver’s license at the BMV threatens one’s independence. Consequently, losing one’s independence is the single most devastating result of visual impairment. Each state legislates their own rules and regulations for issuing driver’s licenses. Thus, navigating the whole process can be even more difficult and challenging for the visually impaired. Therefore, whether you live in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana, please contact us. Dr. Winkler can help you keep your driver’s license. To learn more, please click here.
A homonymous hemianopsia is the loss of one half of the field of view on the same side in both eyes. Brain injury from a stroke, trauma, brain tumors, or infection following surgery can all cause this condition. Therefore, patients with a hemianopsia will complain that objects may suddenly appear to come at them out of nowhere. Furthermore, they may have a heightened fear of falling or tripping. Some may actually run into objects quite frequently.
Currently there are no cures for homonymous hemianopsia. However, prescribing highly specialized prismatic eyeglass lenses can help counteract the potentially devastating effects of this condition. While magnifiers won’t help hemianopsia patients, prescribing prisms into eyeglasses has proven to be quite effective. Please click here to learn more about homonymous hemianopsia and how Dr. Winkler may be able to help.
If you have any questions, please call us! Our phone number is (513) 791-3556. Dr. Winkler would be more than welcome to answer any questions that you may have pertaining to low vision. Help is only a phone call away. To see some answers to frequently asked questions, please click here.
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Dr. Todd Winkler, 8154 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236 (513) 791-3556
The following low vision tips were gleaned from the website of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. They are intended to help with activities of daily living.
Designate particular spots to place your keys and wallet and for items in your refrigerator. Minimize clutter. Keep black clothes in a separate area from blue ones.
Mark thermostats and dials with high-contrast markers and label medications with markers or rubber bands.
There are many free audio books and magazines available. You can purchase talking watches, glucometers, and memo recorders. You can change text on a computer monitor to an audio presentation.
Don’t isolate yourself. Keep your social group, volunteer job, or golf game. It might require lighting, large-print cards, a magnifier, a ride, or someone to help you, but ask for the help you need. There is nothing independent about staying home to avoid asking for help.
Pick your times and consider using a GPS or tinted lenses. Ask yourself: Do cars appear unexpectedly? Do drivers honk at you? Are you having fender-benders? If the answer is yes, consider an on-road driving assessment, driving rehabilitation, or the following transportation alternatives.
Hire a driver, arrange for a taxi, buy gas for a friend who drives, or use senior or public transit. Try a three-wheel bike or battery-powered scooter at walking speed. Walk if you are able. Set the pace for your peers by using these alternatives now. The future will offer even more solutions.
A low vision evaluation and rehabilitation training can help you make the most of your vision.
Dr. Todd Winkler, Low Vision Optometrist: (513) 791-3556