What are Telescopes for Low Vision?
Bioptic telescopes glasses for low vision patients are customized miniature telescopes mounted in the lens of your glasses.
For years this technology has been used by dentists, surgeons, and diamond dealers to provide enhanced vision.
With technology allowing for further miniaturization, telescopic glasses have become an integral part of enhancing day to day life for people with low vision.
The glasses are tailored to your vision needs and have incredible success at opening up the possibilities to go shopping, play cards, and watch television once again.
Driving with Telescope Glasses
The State of New York is one of the 43 states that allows driving with bioptic telescope glasses. For Long Island patients with impaired vision, one of the hardest adjustments is the need to rely on friends and family to visit grand kids or go shopping.
A recent study on the factors that influence passing a driving test with bioptic telescope glasses has shown that the two greatest factors in passing the test are years of experience driving prior to using bioptics, and hours of training with your bioptic telescope glasses.
How Do I Get Telescope Glasses?
The first step is to contact our office for a phone consult with our eye doctor to see if telescopic glasses are right for you. If our eye doctor has determined that you are a candidate, then you will be asked to come in for a thorough low vision eye exam with our eye doctor.
During the eye exam, our eye doctor will talk in detail about the process of acquiring your new telescopic glasses. Generally the cost of the exam is covered by your insurance, however the glasses are usually not.
Because the telescopic glasses are customized and using advanced technology they are higher priced than traditional glasses. Costs for the glasses are usually between $1500-$3000 dollars, a worthwhile investment to regain your independence.
E-Scoop glasses are specially patented glasses that are engineered to provide slight magnification, increased contrast, and overall improved center vision by shifting the image away from the part of your eye with impaired vision, to the healthier part of your eye.
The E-scoop is considered the step between regular glasses and telescopes.
While generally they are recommended for patients with mild-moderate macular degeneration, even some of our patients with more advanced macular degeneration have found the E-scoop to be a big improvement.
The E-Scoop has 5 properties:
- Unique lens thickness for slight magnification
- Curvature for slight magnification
- High contrast yellow filter to reduce contrast
- Anti reflective coating to reduce glare
- Prism to shift the image to the area of the eye with best vision
What To Consider When Looking at Low Vision Devices:
The most important element to consider when considering low vision telescopes or vision aids for low vision is what is your primary goal. For example are you looking to read novels, drive a care, recognize faces, study, or play cards? Once you have outlined your primary goal, you should consider a few factors that are important when purchasing a low vision telescope in Long Island or any other visual aid for low vision.
Eyeglasses combine a correction for the patient’s refractive error with the amount of magnification needed. How close the material must be held depends upon the amount of magnification. During the Low Vision Evaluation, we teach patients how to hold material at the proper distance for the magnifying lens prescribed.Binoculars placed into eyeglass frames are called Telescopic Spectacles. They can be monocular (one eye) or binocular. The telescope can be placed in various positions depending on what the vision needs are.
When the telescope is mounted on top, the user can switch between the regular lens and the magnified lens. In special cases, these can be used for DRIVING, to “zoom” in on signs or objects. Some people use them at concerts, plays, lectures and during church to see faces better. The “bi-optic” can be used for walking/mobility type activities.different ways of doing this but all use the same principles. When you buy the system, you can have the camera positioned in a number of different ways, depending on your needs.
“Full Diameter” Position
With the telescopes centered in the frame, a larger magnified area is viewed. This is useful for watching television, for seeing a play or a movie or whenever a wider field of view is desired.Telescope Spectacles cost ranges from $1500 to $3000. The average cost is about $2500 which includes measuring, fitting, adjusting, and instruction in use.
Magnifiers for Long Island
Magnifiers are task specific. Handheld magnifiers are useful for seeing prices, labels, dials, phone books, reading mail, menus, and similar items. Stand magnifiers are useful when the hands are unsteady, for coin collecting, stamp collecting, reading a bill and writing a check. If you have a unique task that you wish to be able to perform, please let us help you find the correct magnifier.
Glare Control and Proper Illumination
Controlling Glare and enabling the right amount of light are two closely related and important factors in using residual vision. In the Low Vision Evaluation, we determine the most effective means of reducing glare for the patient and the proper amount and type of illumination required.
Filters are available in various colors and transmissions are used for glare control and to optimize vision under specific lighting conditions for specific tasks. When strong illumination is required a gooseneck floor or table lamp is recommended. Bringing the light source closer is more effective than increasing the bulb strength. A 50 watt bulb at 12 inches from the page is much brighter than a 300 watt bulb 3 feet from the page and produces less heat.