Low Vision- Frequently Asked Questions

Below some commonly asked questions about low vision are answered. If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 513-791-3556.

QUESTION: I already have an ophthalmologist and optometrist; do I need to leave them to switch to a Low Vision eye doctor?
ANSWER: No, your current ophthalmologist and optometrist are key persons in your medical eye care. You continue to see them while you are working with a Low Vision doctor.

QUESTION: My eye doctor said there is nothing more they can do to improve my vision- how can you?
ANSWER: An eye doctor usually says this when there are no more medical or surgical options, but this is the perfect time to access help from a Low Vision doctor. For example, special telescopic glasses for distance viewing and microscopic glasses for seeing things at near can be prescribed.

QUESTION: I had a refraction from my regular optometrist/ophthalmologist, and they said I already have the strongest glasses possible. How can Low Vision glasses help?
ANSWER: As answered in the question above, low vision glasses start where regular glasses end. Once your vision no longer responds to regular eyeglasses is when you learn there are many stronger options available in the world of Low Vision.

QUESTION: I already have a magnifier that I bought at the drugstore and it doesn’t help. Does this mean I can’t use a magnifier?
ANSWER: Any magnifier you buy in a store is usually very weak. Stores are not selling strong prescription strength magnifiers. If a person tries to use one of these and is unsuccessful, he or she may think nothing will help them see again. This leads to frustration and, often times, depression. Therefore, if you have an eye problem that is causing Low Vision, you need a magnifier that is strong enough for your vision. This is easily determined when you are working with a low vision doctor.

QUESTION: What’s better, glasses or magnifiers?
ANSWER: There is no way to answer this question without a low vision exam. The exam process will determine what strength magnification you respond to best. But wouldn’t you also like to know if there might be something better for you than a magnifier? Perhaps you respond more favorably to special low vision glasses, or video magnifiers, or maybe even proper lighting is the better solution to your problem. These are all options that you would never know about without seeing a low vision doctor.

QUESTION: Will my insurance pay for the Low Vision glasses or devices?
ANSWER: No, which is another excellent reason to see a Low Vision doctor who will let you work with all of the devices so you know if they are going to work for you. If your insurance is not covering the device at least you will know that it is helping you before you buy it.

QUESTION: What do Low Vision glasses and devices typically cost?
ANSWER: We prescribe and offer a vast array of prescription and non-prescription devices that are affordable on any budget; prices range anywhere from as low as $25 to $1650.

QUESTION: Does Dr. Winkler offer all Low Vision services?
ANSWER: There are certain areas of Low Vision that Dr. Winkler thinks are better served by others. For example, if someone has such profound vision loss that they need assistance with orientation and mobility (O&M) training, Dr. Winkler believes that such a patient would be better served by the caring and compassionate O&M specialists located at the Cincinnati Association for the Blind (CABVI).

QUESTION: Why haven’t I, my friends, or my family ever heard of Low Vision before now?
ANSWER: We at Dr. Winkler’s office agree. Low Vision is the best kept secret in health care, so help us spread the word!

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Dr. Todd Winkler, 8154 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236 (513) 791-3556