Low Vision Specialists, in Garden City & Southampton, NY
We Focus on Helping Patients with Visual Impairments
Clear eyesight is integral to your quality of life. With expert treatment and genuine care for all patients, Dr. Steven Schoenbart and our entire optometric team will manage your ocular condition to maximize your vision. We strive to give you the sharpest vision possible – so you enjoy life to its fullest!
Dedicated to our patients in Long Island and New York for close to a decade, we are the leading provider of eye care services for the visually impaired in the region. Our optometric offices are equipped with cutting-edge technology, and Dr. Schoenbart keeps pace with the rapid advances in medicine. When you entrust your eye care to us, you’ll benefit from detailed diagnoses and progressive treatments. We also stock a full range of attractive eyeglasses and premium contact lenses to support your vision prescription.
Low Vision can be caused by a number of disorders. If you have Macular Degeneration (Wet or Dry), Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Glaucoma, Albinism or Juvenile Macular Degeneration (Stargardt’s Disease), we will examine your ocular tissues thoroughly. Early detection of any changes is critical for managing eye disease and preventing vision loss. With superior accuracy, Dr. Schoenbart will inspect your eyes to monitor the status and development of your ocular condition.
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What is Low Vision?
Living With Low Vision
Driving With Low Vision
Low vision is significant vision impairment that usually results from serious eye disease or an injury.
The vision loss, which is characterized by either reduced visual acuity (to 20/70 or worse) or reduced field of view, can’t be fully corrected.
Low vision can affect both children and adults, but is more common in the elderly, who are at greater risk of eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts, which are some of the most common causes of the condition. As well as, injury and heredity.
With significant vision loss it can become challenging to complete common daily tasks including reading, writing, cooking, watching tv, driving or even recognizing people.
When low vision is diagnosed it can come as a shock. Initially, it is an adjustment to learn how to function with impaired vision but the good news is there are numerous resources and products available to assist.
Because low vision often results in one’s inability to work, independence, drive and resume normal life, many patients feel isolated and depressed.
People with low vision suddenly become reliant on family and friends which puts them in a situation where they feel they are burdening others and are limited in their lifestyle options.
The good news is that the state of New York allows driving with Bioptic telescopes if the driver meets the vision requirements with the bioptics.
To use bioptic telescope glasses for driving in New York State the DMV has outlined specific regulations.
Visit our low vision driving page for more information.
Ever look through a pair of field glasses or binoculars? Things look bigger and closer, and easier to see. Dr Schoenbart and members of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) are using miniaturized telescopes mounted on glasses to help people who have lost vision from:
WET OR DRY
JUVENILE MACULAR DEGENERATION
LOW VISION TELESCOPE GLASSES
OUR LOW VISION
COPING WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENT
Macular Degeneration (AMD/ARMD)
Juvenile Macular Degeneration (JMD)
Implantable Telescope For Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is the most common disease associated with low vision.
Over 2 million Americans suffer from macular degeneration in its variety of forms; Wet AMD, Dry AMD, and Juvenile macular degeneration.
Our eye doctor has been treating macular degeneration patients from New York and New Jersey for 30 years and is highly involved in the subject.
While there is no cure for macular degeneration, there are many ways to lower your risks, prevent progression, and alter your lifestyle to live a more fulfilling life with the disease.
To learn more visit our
Macular Degeneration Page.
Juvenile macular degeneration are hereditary diseases that affect the macula of the eye causing vision loss.
Similar to age related macular degeneration, JMD differs in that it effects people as young as 3 years old.
There is no cure for it, and in some cases the onset of vision loss can be extremely rapid. Due to the age of the patients, it can be traumatic, visit a specialist to help in understanding the options available.
There are three main types of JMD:
- Stargardt’s Disease
- Best Disease
- Juvenile Retinoschisis
To learn more visit our JMD page.
CentraSight has the worlds first implantable telescope for patients with end stage macular degeneration.
The telescope is implanted in one eye, making that eye responsible for center vision and providing magnification of between 2.2 and 2.7, while the other eye provides side vision.
The benefit of this over telescopic glasses is that you can use natural eye movements to see both near and far.
The surgery takes around 1 hour, You will be provided training on how to adapt your eye to the new method of sight.
Schedule an appointment with our low vision specialist to find out if CentraSight is right for you.
How To Make Life With Low Vision Easier
1. Ensure that you have adequate lighting in your home. This may require some trial and error with different lights and voltages to determine what works best for you.
2. Use a magnifier. There is a vast selection of magnifiers available, ranging from hand-held to stand magnifiers. Binoculars and spectacle mounted magnifiers are also an option.
3. Your optometrist or low vision specialist can recommend specialized lens tints for certain conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa or cataracts, which enhance vision or reduce light sensitivity.
4. Use large print books for reading. Alternatively, try digital recordings or mp3s.
5. Make use of high contrast for writing. Try writing in large letters with a broad black pen on a white piece of paper
6. Adding a high-contrast stripe on steps (bright color on dark staircase, or black stripe on light stairs) can prevent falls in people with low vision, and may enable them to remain independent in their home.
7. Find out what other technology is available to help make your life simpler.
The many advances in technology have given a new option for people with low vision to live a normal and productive life using state of the art telescopes. These telescopes are attached to your glasses and depending on your particular need may make driving, playing cards, grocery shopping, and spending time with your love ones, and any of the many activities you used to enjoy much easier to do.
What are Telescopes for Low Vision?
If you have low vision due to macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, or other diseases, prescription glasses do not provide you the necessary vision to perform every day activities. Your eye doctor may recommend telescopes that sit on your prescription eye wear and perform task specific jobs to improve your vision. One example of the benefits of telescopes for low vision is telescopes that allow the visually impaired to meet the driving requirements and become mobile and independent.
What are the Different Types of Low Vision Telescopes?
There are many different types of telescopes available for patients with low vision. They are chosen based on the needs of the patient and the task the patient wishes to be able to do again. As our eye doctor likes to say, "A low vision telescope should be viewed as a technologically sophisticated tool to allow a patient with visual impairment to perform specific desired tasks".
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