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What is Low Vision?

"Low vision" is impaired vision that cannot be fully restored by surgery, medical treatments, or conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses. Low vision is not blindness. You are not alone; over 15 million Americans have some form of visual impairment. We are here to help. You can do something about low vision.

Our goal is to help you make the most of the eyesight you have so you can do more of the things you need and want to do — whether it's reading a book, writing a letter, shopping, watching television or doing crafts.


When an individual's eyesight can not be corrected to better than 20 / 200 with lenses, then he / she is diagnosed as having low vision. Macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and genetic diseases are just some of the causes of this diminished vision. Unfortunately many people are told that nothing can be done. While there may not be a cure, Dr. Palermo and Dr. Bengoa can design and prescribe low vision systems for many of these individuals. Bioptic telescopes and microscopes are mounted in a pair of glasses to allow many of them to resume reading, cooking, hobbies, playing cards and in some cases driving – greatly improving their lifestyles.

In our Low Vision Center we train individuals to use these systems. We also carry a large and comprehensive selection of magnifiers, head-borne video systems and other aids to assist the visually handicapped.

 
Low Vision Systems Daily Living Aids
Magnifiers
Telescopic systems
Microscopic systems
Closed-circuit televisions
 
Large print books
Custom lighting
Daily living assistance aids
Needle threaders
Large print playing cards
 


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