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Those with best corrected vision of less than 20/50 may benefit from Low Vision services. Several eye conditions can reduce the vision enough that standard glasses do not provide adequate sight. Macular degeneration is a common example.
A comprehensive examination will allow the doctors to evaluate the vision and detect the condition causing the reduction in sight. If no medical or surgical treatment is indicated, a Low Vision visit may be suggested.
Although there are devices to improve distance vision, the primary focus is usually to find a device that aids reading vision.
Dr. Graham Holt has had special training in Low Vision procedures and has been providing these services to our clinic for over 15 years. The general method is to first work with high power spectacle lenses, sometimes 5 times the strength of a standard spectacle prescription, in order to provide optimum magnification. Hand held and stand magnifiers will also be demonstrated. Latest technologies of electronic magnifiers by Eschenbach, Coil and Optolec are available. After the best device is determined, our trained staff will assist in instruction for the proper use of the devices.