As a low vision specialist, I like to find the simplest solutions to meet my patient’s goals. Sometimes it only takes a new, stronger pair of conventional glasses. Most of the time, however, it takes specialized telescopic, bioptic, microscopic, tinted, prismatic, and other styles of glasses.
Occasionally, none of these things work. More magnification than what optics will allow is needed. Enter “wearables” — magnification and vision enhancement technology that can be worn similarly to glasses. I have had the opportunity to try, and research, several of these emerging technological wonders. And trust me, there are many options out there with more being introduced regularly. They are all amazing!
It’s not new technology necessarily. It’s just that it has now become practical and realistically usable on a daily basis for multiple tasks on my patients’ “wish lists.” They are less cumbersome, more reliable, and more easily updated as software changes become available.
Casey, my head low vision technician, did all of the training today, but I was lucky enough to get the teary-eyed hug before he walked out the door. I have a feeling that won’t be the last hug from a patient whose vision is worse than 20/1000!
Do you know or have you ever seen, a friend, patient, client, loved one or other who is unable to see to do something they want to be able to do? Take a look here at my article written for Optometric Management that explains when to make the referral. You could change YOUR patient’s life…and I WILL refer them back to you for the specialized care that you provide.
Here’s what Dwain had to say: “In dealing with the loss of most of my vision, I never thought I would ever be able to attend live sporting events again. With the help of Dr. Long and his great staff (Casey especially) I was able to enjoy one of my favorite pastimes.”
Often times I speak with with family and caregivers of my potential patients and they say things like “but mom is 83 years old,” or “dad won’t want to make a trip that far to see you,” or “her vision is really, really too poor,” or “he can’t spend that money,” or “[fill in the box].”
One of my roles as a low vision specialist is to be able to see through all of that, without bias or discrimination, and get down to what really matters…helping my patients, or potential patients, understand that there is hope and possibility. No matter the circumstances, there may be a way that they can see to do what they want to be able to do!
My patients travel from around the world, they are all ages, and have levels of vision from 20/20 to well-beyond the “big E” on the eye chart. Simple magnifiers and special, custom tints can make big differences, as can more complex solutions like telescopic glasses with focusing caps and video/electronic devices.
Simply make the call to our office, I will talk with you directly to get specific, helpful information from you and to see if it makes sense to schedule (almost always does!) and to go over important details such as costs, location, and what to bring to the appointment. Thank you, Dr. Long.
In this video Dr. Long explains what you can expect during a low vision evaluation and what makes it different from other eye health examinations. As you’ll see, the key difference is eye health versus functional vision.
During the low vision exam Dr. Long will help you formulate your “wish list” so there are specific goals to be addressed during the approximately hour-long appointment.
Take a look at this short video to learn more about what to expect and just why you might need more than one eye doctor!
Mary has “rod achromatopsia.” This is a congenital condition characterized by a partial or total absence of color vision. It also involves other problems with vision, including increased sensitivity to light and glare, involuntary back-and-forth eye movements (nystagmus), and significantly reduced sharpness of vision.
Mary was sent to Dr. Long through Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services to meet some vision-related goals. After a thorough low vision evaluation, Dr. Long prescribed bioptic telescopic glasses, prismatic reading glasses, a “Ruby” electronic magnifier, and specially-tinted regular glasses and sunglasses.
“My association with the low vision department at Long Family Eye Care has always been a positive and helpful experience. My most recent visits introduced me to visual aids and glasses that have enabled me to function at the highest level possible with my visual impairment. The extra time Dr. Jarrod Long and Casey spent with me was informative, kind, and life-changing. Without question, the most current information and low vision assistance available.”
Thank you to Dr. Braaten for 12 good years of allowing Dr. Long to care for low vision patients in your New Albany office!
Now, since Dr. Braaten recently closed his practice, Midwest Low Vision has had to find a new home. We are using the local vocational rehabilitation office at 1452 Vaxter Avenue in Clarksville, Indiana. Click here for a link to a map of the location. For those of you who have been waiting, we’ll see you soon!
Finally, we want to send out a special “thank you” to the staff and counselors at the rehabilitation services office for allowing us to use their office for low vision evaluations for anyone in need of help.
In this video I define, in my own terms, what it means to have low vision. Low vision is a functional vision deficit. So, regardless of the measurement of your visual acuity (e.g. 20/60, 20/200, etc.) and any label (e.g. partially-sighted, legally blind) that has been placed on you, you have “low vision” if you cannot see to do what you would like to be able to do. Said another way, it’s vision that is insufficient to do what you want to do.
Jacob is a high school senior who has an oculocutaneous form of Albinism and associated Amblyopia (more commonly known as a “lazy eye”). He was referred to our office through Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Oculocutaneous albinism and ocular albinism are conditions which both create a condition from birth which leaves the central retina, or macula, underdeveloped.
While Jacob has been able to adapt to his level of vision, Dr. Long prescribed a 4x magnifying Bioptic telescope for Jacob to use for distance details such as driving, seeing faces, or seeing the board at school. He also prescribed a handheld electronic magnifier along with a dome magnifier to help him with reading and schoolwork.
Jacob plans to go on to college and wants to be a music teacher. He feels like his “new technology will help [him] through life” and will give him the ability to impact others in positive ways.
Dr. Long has helped hundreds of patients with various forms of albinism to see better with specialized low vision care.