There is new hope for people whose vision has been compromised by age related macular degeneration (ARMD), glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Many patients with these diseases have heard that nothing more can be done for them, but pioneering changes in recent months may offer them new options. Special types of highly sophisticated glasses prescribed by low vision physicians are quickly emerging as the answer to vision loss due to macular degeneration or other conditions that lead to limited vision.
For example, member optometrists in the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists(IALVS) use telescopic, microscopic and prismatic glasses to help those with vision deficiencies to perform daily activities such as reading, writing, playing cards, watching TV and even driving.
New lens technology helps correct a basic problem experienced by those with macular degeneration. Recently developed New E-Scoop lenses from Holland now enable doctors to help patients with one of the chief complaints associated with macular degeneration—cloudy vision. “Macular degeneration not only causes central blind spots but reduces clarity,” says Dr. Richard Shuldiner, low vision optometrist and IALVS founder. “Most of my patients ask me for clearer vision.”
Glasses that use the new technology bridge the gap between standard eyeglasses and spectacle head-borne telescopes. Whether your difficulty is night driving, bright light, sunlight or simply seeing clearly into the distance, the E-Scoop lens placed over a standard eyeglass prescription can help.
The lens has four distinct properties that make vision clearer and sharper, with reduced glare:
· The yellow tint improves contrast.
· The prism moves the image away from the damaged macular area.
· The thickness of the lens, combined with its special “base” curve, makes objects appear slightly larger.
· The anti-reflection coating allows more light through the lens.
Currently, the IALVS optometrists are the only doctors in the United States who have been specially trained to fit patients for the New E-scoop glasses.
New lens technology helps correct a basic problem experienced by those with macular degeneration.
The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) believes in LIFE AFTER VISION LOSS. IALVS brings new hope and sight to those with macular degeneration and other vision limiting conditions. IALVS can bring back the enjoyment of retirement.
If you are now having problems seeing and doing the things you enjoy, Low Vision Specialists of Maryland and Virginia and IALVS can help. If you have been told by your eye doctor that a change in your eyeglass prescription will not help you see any better, call Low Vision Specialists of Maryland and Virginia who is trained to design special glasses that can make a difference.
When your doctor says, “Sorry I cannot get you to see any better,” an IALVS doctor often says, “It may not be perfect, but it definitely is better!”