Low Vision Products & Services
Low vision is an optometry specialty focused on individuals with visual impairments which cannot be treated with traditional glasses, contacts, or laser surgery. Dr. Jarrod Long, our optometrist, has provided low vision services in Bloomington, IN since 1997 and formed Midwest Low Vision in 2006. He and our team are proud to help patients improve their quality of life and help them see well enough so they can do the things they like to be able to do — read, drive, and so on. Our practice serves patients from across Indiana, Eastern Illinois, and Northern Kentucky communities.
We work with both patients and their loved ones to help establish and achieve the patient’s goals. Our practice offers free phone consultations to determine if you or your loved one is a good candidate for low vision treatments. To speak with Dr. Long or a member of our staff, please give us a call at 812-332-3950 or toll-free at 877-577-2040
Low Vision Eye Exams
Unlike a medical eye examination which concerns diagnosis and treatment of eye health conditions, the low vision evaluation focuses on the functional vision limitations created by those conditions. Think of this analogy with ears: one doctor treats a patient for an ear infection (medical), but a different professional fits the patient with hearing aids (functional).
The low vision evaluation consists of a history of medical eye conditions, a formulation of the patients’ “wish list” or vision-related goals, a measurement of vision using special eye charts, a precise measurement of the regular eyeglass prescription, testing to see how magnification affects the level of vision, and demonstrations of prescription glasses and devices to be sure goals are met.
Common Glasses and Devices
Telescopic, Microscopic, & Prismatic Glasses
Customized and integrated with the patient’s regular prescription glasses as needed for general vision loss, central or peripheral loss. They provide hands-free reading, computer vision, television viewing and driving when appropriate.
Customized to patient preference and combined with the patient’s regular glasses prescription to enhance everyday vision and driving when appropriate.
Electronic, Video, & Other Adaptive Devices and Aids
These prescription aids provide the highest possible magnification and enhanced contrast of vision available. Aids in this category constantly evolve as technology improves.
Handheld, Traditional Magnifiers
The highest quality, state-of-the-art magnifiers with LED lights and other advanced features can be handy for spotting when glasses are not as convenient.
Non-Optical Visual, Tactile, Auditory, & Other Aids
Special lamps, lights, talking devices, and a myriad of available aids can be recommended and prescribed as appropriate.