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Low Vision

Optometrist

on Vancouver Island

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A Low Vision Optometrist Can Help

A common statement we hear from our patients is "Our previous Retinologist or Ophthalmologist said that there was nothing further that can be done.” This is a common misconception!

Low Vision Optometry is a highly technical area of optometry which requires extensive training and education. Members of The IALVS have spent years developing advanced solutions which maximize the usefulness and effectiveness of remaining vision.

Your Ophthalmologist or Retinologist is focused on the medical aspect of your eye condition. While not all patients can be helped with Low Vision aids, most patients that we fit with custom optics or other Low Vision devices experience a profound improvement in their everyday quality of life. Our mission is to provide customized solutions to everyday visual challenges to enhance each and every patient's life. We strive to achieve this by developing a working relationship with each patient in a caring, comfortable environment. Our optometrist and staff are committed to learn and to teach so that our patients can be better informed about all aspects of their vision and preventive care.

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Regain Your Independence

One of the hardest realities of living with low vision is the need to constantly rely on others. Transitioning to a lifestyle of dependency is traumatic both for the person with low vision, as well as their families. Many times the spouse or child will be left to run errands, drive the patient around, cook and clean and much more. 

Low Vision Aids may give the patient the freedom to perform the tasks they need and regain their self-sufficiency. 

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Low Vision Optometrists Redefine Vision Loss

Our low vision optometrist, Dr. Shaun Golemba, is a member of the International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists, a professional organization dedicated to enabling low vision patients access to the optical and digital technology that will transform their life. Dr. Shaun Golemba is passionate about low vision care and making a difference in our communities. 

Helping People With Vision Loss
What Is Low Vision?

Low Vision is a condition, whether caused by eye disease, genetics, trauma, or other events, where fully corrected vision with conventional glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery, remains insufficient to do what you want to do.

Some consider low vision to be less than 20/40 vision. Others consider it to be less than 20/70 vision. However, The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) believes that the inability to see well enough to do those tasks you want to continue doing, even with your best glasses (contacts or refractive surgery) is sufficient reason to seek the help of a low vision optometrist.

In a case of Low Vision, the patient is typically unable to perform basic everyday tasks. This includes:

  • Difficulty with getting around independently
  • Driving
  • Using the computer
  • Watching television
  • Recognizing Faces
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • etc.

The burden of such a sudden loss of independence means that Low Vision not only robs the patient of functional capability, it also leaves the patient mentally and emotionally devastated.

While commonly associated with seniors over the age of 60, Low Vision also affects children and adults of all ages. Age-Related Macular Degeneration is the most common cause for Low Vision in the US, however patients from all over British Columbia visit for Low Vision care for a wide variety of conditions and diseases.

What Is A Low Vision Exam?

During your low vision eye exam, Dr. Shaun Golemba will determine your level of vision, see if new regular glasses will be an improvement,  discuss your wish list and help decide the best solution to help you regain as much day to day functioning as possible.

You will discuss with Dr. Shaun Golemba what your specific vision goals are, such as reading, writing, recognizing faces, watching TV, or driving. We will determine what areas of your vision are lacking, whether central or peripheral. We will then recommend the various low vision aids or devices that will help you do what you want to do. The low vision exam takes about an hour.   Dr. Richard Shuldiner, the founder of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists explains further:

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Our patients are often moved to tears when they can get back to doing the things they love. We have shared some of our patient's experiences in order to show the dramatic life-changing nature of low vision care. 

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When Should I Visit A Low Vision Optometrist?

A Low Vision Eye Exam should be conducted as soon as you have received a diagnosis of an eye disease or condition that could lead to Low Vision. A Low Vision optometrist stays up to date on the latest research in slowing down the progression of vision loss, so it is essential to book a Low Vision exam right away. Most of our patients visit us after years of struggling with severe vision loss.  If you or a loved one have a visual impairment, call our Low Vision doctor for a free phone consultation to understand how you may be helped. If you are in doubt our Vancouver Island low vision optometrist can help, we encourage you to call and Dr. Shaun Golemba will be happy to discuss your concerns on the phone.

How Can A Low Vision Optometrist Help?

A low vision optometrist fits custom vision aids and devices, which allow the Low Vision patient to maximize the use of their remaining vision in the most effective way possible. This allows someone suffering from Low Vision to regain their ability to perform everyday tasks, as well as their independence and human dignity.

For example, A 65-year-old patient with Macular Degeneration wanted to be able to go shopping and visit people without feeling like a burden on others. Our Low Vision optometrist, Dr. Shaun Golemba, custom designed bioptic telescope glasses that enabled the patient to drive, read, and go shopping once again, without needing the help of others.

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How Can A Low Vision Doctor Help Me?


pageImage113264Meet Dr. Golemba our low vision optometrist and a member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS). Dr. Golemba has a background in Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Regina, and had pursued his Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo in Ontario.

Since 2001, Dr. Golemba practiced in Victoria and did locums throughout British Columbia until 2005, when he purchased Valley Vision Optometry.

Since then, the office has been upgraded to include computerized recording, Eyemaginations educational software, Optomap retinal exams, digital photography.

Our low vision clinic offers real hope to people with visual impairment, providing the latest technology to help patients regain independence by allowing them to read again, use the computer, see faces, watch the TV and much more.

Dr. Golemba is committed to ensuring you have the best eye care experience and thanks you for choosing Valley Vision Optometry.

There is hope for people with vision loss!

Dr. Shaun Golemba, our Low Vision eye doctor, is passionate about helping people in British Columbia recover their day to day functioning. Too many patients leave their ophthalmologist or retinologist thinking there is nothing left to be done but manage the disease to prevent further vision loss.

Dr. Shaun Golemba is a member of the International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), the premier organization of Low Vision Optometrists. All members of IALVS receive extensive training to learn how to help patients with vision loss maximize their remaining vision using the latest devices and technology.

For many people, proper use of a Low Vision device means being able to read, drive, sew, play cards, watch television, and use the computer—all of which would be impossible without these Low Vision aids. At the Low Vision Center At Valley Vision Optometry, we help patients from Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Okanagan, and Kootenay’s to enjoy life after vision loss with Low Vision Aids.

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How To Deal With Low Vision: Low Vision Aids

A Low Vision Aids is any tool or device that can help a person with vision loss perform the tasks that they most want to be able to perform. The treatment for Low Vision has changed drastically with new technologies which have revolutionized Low Vision and resulted in far more effective tools to regain vision function.

The Latest Technology

There have been major improvements in the optical design and construction of Low Vision telescopes, microscope glasses, filters, and prisms. Furthermore, a range of digital devices have been developed which can significantly boost the ability of a Low Vision sufferer to function. These include IRISVISION, ORCAM, ESIGHT and CCTV stands, as well as portable digital magnifiers. Give us a call to learn more about the different low vision aids, devices, magnifiers, and glasses.

Because of the large range of options, it is crucial to speak with a Low Vision optometrist who will help you navigate the options and find the option that will give you the best solution to your specific needs. Low Vision Center At Valley Vision Optometry is the preferred provider of Low Vision aids for patients from  Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Okanagan, and Kootenay’s.

How To Deal With Low Vision: Low Vision Aids

A Low Vision Aids is any tool or device that can help a person with vision loss perform the tasks that they most want to be able to perform. The treatment for Low Vision has changed drastically with new technologies which have revolutionized Low Vision and resulted in far more effective tools to regain vision function.

The Latest Technology

There have been major improvements in the optical design and construction of Low Vision telescopes, microscope glasses, filters, and prisms. Furthermore, a range of digital devices have been developed which can significantly boost the ability of a Low Vision sufferer to function. These include IRISVISION, ORCAM, ESIGHT and CCTV stands, as well as portable digital magnifiers. To learn more about the different low vision aids, devices, magnifiers, and glasses.

Because of the large range of options, it is crucial to speak with a Low Vision optometrist who will help you navigate the options and find the option that will give you the best solution to your specific needs. Low Vision Center At Valley Vision Optometry is the preferred provider of Low Vision aids for patients from  Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Okanagan, and Kootenay’s.

Low Vision Telescope Glasses
Custom Aid And Device Fitting

One of the most important Low Vision tools in our arsenal is Telescope Glasses. Dr. Shaun Golemba fits various custom designed full diameter, bioptic and reading telescopic glasses.  

Low Vision telescope, microscope, prism and filter glasses are custom designed with the patients refractive prescription for best acuity. They are tailor-made for the specific tasks on the patients wish list. These types of glasses have helped thousands of low vision patients regain their independence and improve their quality of life. From driving to playing poker, pleasure reading to doing accounting, enjoying hand work to cooking, low vision glasses have allowed a quality of life that has put smiles on many faces.

Been Told There Is Nothing That Can Be Done?
Nothing Further To Be Done?

A common statement we hear from our patients is "Our previous Retinologist or Ophthalmologist said that there was nothing further that can be done.” This is a common misconception!

Low Vision Optometry is a highly technical area of optometry which requires extensive training and education. Members of The IALVS have spent years developing advanced solutions which maximize the usefulness and effectiveness of remaining vision.

Your Ophthalmologist or Retinologist is focused on the medical aspect of your eye condition. While not all patients can be helped with Low Vision aids, most patients that we fit with custom optics or other Low Vision devices experience a profound improvement in their everyday quality of life.

Eye Disease And Vision Loss
What Diseases Cause Low Vision?

Low Vision results when an eye disease or other cause reduces your vision, even with refractive correction, does not allow you to do those tasks you need or want to do. Some of the eye diseases and conditions that typically cause low vision are:

  • Macular Degeneration (wet or dry)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration - Stargardt’s Disease/Best Disease/Juvenile Retinoschisis
  • Glaucoma
  • Stroke-Hemianopsia
  • Albinism and other vision-limiting diseases
  • Achromatopsia
  • Cataracts
  • Macular hole
  • Optic Atrophy
  • Nystagmus
  • Pathological Myopia
  • Rod Cone Dystrophy
  • Fuchs Dystrophy
  • Histoplasmosis Retinopathy
Preventative Eye Exams: Early Detection Is Essential
Preventing Vision Loss

The greater the risk factor you have of developing a sight-threatening eye condition, the more important it is to have an annual eye exam. Age is the biggest risk factor for Low Vision. Other significant risk factors include diabetes, smoking, and sunlight.

Early detection and appropriate intervention and care may be able to slow down or even halt vision loss. If you notice ANY of the following symptoms, schedule an eye exam immediately!

  • Sudden deterioration or loss of vision
  • Distortion in images
  • Blind spots in your field of view
CentraSight For Advanced Macular Degeneration
Implantable Telescope

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. 

Low Vision Diseases And Other Conditions
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Macular Degeneration

Around 1.4 million Canadians suffer from Macular Degeneration in its variety of forms; Wet AMD, Dry AMD, and Juvenile macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is a partial or complete loss of central vision while peripheral vision remains intact. The most sensitive part of the back of the eye, known as the macula, becomes damaged. Patients will tell us of difficulty seeing faces, focusing, and doing daily tasks such as driving, reading, or watching TV.

What Can We Do To Help?

Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped lots of patients from all over British Columbia with macular degeneration regain their independence. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses, E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.
Learn more about macular degeneration.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy occurs in diabetics as a result of high blood sugar levels. This causes leakages of fluid or blood from the blood vessels in the retina. In addition, as the disease progresses, new blood vessels (neovascularization) develop that continue to damage the eye. The result is vision loss.

Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped lots of patients from all over British Columbia with diabetic retinopathy regain their independence. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses, E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a genetic eye condition in which the rod cells of the retina cease functioning. This degeneration will cause a loss of peripheral vision, night blindness, and can lead to total loss of vision.

How Can We Help And Provide Hope?

Dr. Shaun Golemba can help people with British Columbia with RP function better.  Reverse telescope glasses may be able to increase visual field size to improve mobility. Magnification may be useful if central loss is an issue. We suggest you call and discuss your particular situation with the doctor.
Learn more about retinitis pigmentosa.

Juvenile Macular Degeneration

Juvenile Macular Degeneration - Stargardt’s Disease/Best Disease/Juvenile Retinoschisis

Juvenile macular degeneration is an eye disease developed in youth or early adolescents where the macula is damaged in the retina. Those with this eye condition will have issues with central vision, focusing, blurry vision, and seeing in dim lighting.

How Can We Help?

Low vision glasses and devices have proven to be extremely helpful for those with Stargardt’s Disease. Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped many patients from British Columbia who suffer from this eye disease to regain their independence and even drive again.

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Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve due to a buildup of pressure in the eye. Known as the “sneak thief of vision,” this condition will cause a loss of the peripheral vision.

How Can We Help And Provide Hope?

Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped lots of patients from all over British Columbia with glaucoma regain their independence. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses, E-Scoop Glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back. Because glaucoma can cause different types of vision loss, it is best to discuss your particular situation with the doctor.

Stroke-Hemianopsia

When the brain is damaged due to a stroke, brain injury, or tumor, vision is often affected.  Stroke often causes Hemianopsia, which is decreased or total visual field loss in half of your field of vision.

How Can We Help?

We help stroke patients adjust to vision loss and to re-learn focus and balance. Dr. Shaun Golemba offers special prism glasses, developed by IALVS member Dr. Errol Rummel, to help patients from British Columbia see with their remaining vision. These custom Side Vision Awareness Glasses (SVAG), have helped stroke patients from all over the world regain their independence.  With the latest Low Vision aids and tech, we can help you regain your independence so you can identify people, read, watch, TV, and more.

Albinism

Albinism causes the central part of the retina, called the macula, to develop improperly. The macula is responsible for clear, sharp vision. When one has albinism, the retina is pale and central vision is reduced. The iris, which absorbs light, is lacking pigment which causes disability glare. Patients with albinism usually have impaired vision, crossed eyes, lazy eyes, and a sensitivity to bright light.

How Can We Help?

Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped a number of patients from British Columbia suffering from albinism to perform everyday tasks. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop Glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

Achromatopsia

This genetic eye condition leaves patients with the inability to see colors, leaving the world in a grayscale of black and white.  Achromatopsia causes reduced visual acuity, complaints of glare, and nystagmus (involuntary eye movement)

How Can We Help?

Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped lots of patients from all over British Columbia with Achromatopsia regain their independence. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses, E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

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Cataracts

Over 24 million people in the US have this eye condition, where the naturally clear crystalline lens inside the eye becomes cloudy to the point where vision is impaired. Cataracts often cause glare, reduced acuity, change of color vision and reduced contrast.

How Can We Help?

Cataract removal and replacement with an artificial lens is the standard of care.  However, not all cataract patients are surgical candidates. Dr. Shaun Golemba is well equipped to help cataract patients from British Columbia function better  Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

Macular Hole

This eye condition occurs when there is a small break in the macula. Located in the light-sensitive tissue in the retina, issues with the macula can cause blurriness and distorted vision. This makes it difficult for patients to read, watch TV, drive, and see in sharp detail.

How Can We Help?

The good news is that Dr. Shaun Golemba can help most patients from British Columbia  with a macular hole return to doing those things that have been impaired from vision loss.. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

Optic Atrophy

This is a condition where the optic nerve is damaged due to glaucoma, stroke, genetics, autoimmune conditions or any other forms of brain injury. Since this nerve carries impulses to the brain, when it is damaged, there can be central vision and/or peripheral vision loss.

Here Is How We Can Help

Dr. Shaun Golemba has various Low Vision aids that are equipped to help patients from British Columbia suffering from any of these conditions. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

Nystagmus

Nystagmus is an eye condition that causes involuntary eye movement or shaking of the eyes. Patients will have trouble focusing and issues maintaining balance.

What We Can Do To Help

We offer various low vision aids, such as prisms, that help patients keep their eyes focused and still, allowing them to see clearly again. Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped those from British Columbia suffering from this eye disease to do everyday task that proved too difficult before.

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Pathological Myopia

This is an eye condition where the patient has severe short-sightedness or myopia. The eyeball continues to become more and more elongated causing stretching of the retina. Often, the macula is damaged, causing central vision loss.

Here Is How We Can Help

Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop Glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back

Rod-Cone Dystrophy

Rod-Cone Dystrophy is an eye condition that causes the loss of the photoreceptors known as cones and eventually rods. Initially, central and color vision loss occurs followed by night blindness.

How We Can Help

Dr. Shaun Golemba can help patients from British Columbia with Rod-Cone Dystrophy. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back

Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy

This eye condition affects the innermost layer of the cornea, causing improper amounts of fluid to enter the cornea or front “window” of the eye. Patients will have eye pain, sensitivity to light, difficulty with night vision, and cloudy vision.  

What Can We Do To Help?

We offer different solutions for those suffering from Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy. Dr. Shaun Golemba helps patients through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back

Histoplasmosis Retinopathy

Histoplasmosis Retinopathy a disease caused by infected airborne spores. This is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans aged 20-40. Straight lines will appear crooked and blind spots in the vision field will develop.

How We Can Help

When there is vision loss from this disease, we can work with patients to restore the vision with our Low Vision aids. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back

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Low Vision Diseases And Other Conditions
Macular Degeneration

A leading cause of visual loss in the US of people over 60, macular degeneration is a partial or complete loss of central vision while peripheral vision remains intact. The most sensitive part of the back of the eye, known as the macula, becomes damaged. Patients will tell us of difficulty seeing faces, focusing, and doing daily tasks such as driving, reading, or watching TV.

What Can We Do To Help?

Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped lots of patients from all over British Columbia with macular degeneration regain their independence. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses, E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

Diabetic Retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy occurs in diabetics as a result of high blood sugar levels. This causes leakages of fluid or blood from the blood vessels in the retina. In addition, as the disease progresses, new blood vessels (neovascularization) develop that continue to damage the eye. The result is vision loss.

Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped lots of patients from all over British Columbia with diabetic retinopathy regain their independence. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses, E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is a genetic eye condition in which the rod cells of the retina cease functioning. This degeneration will cause a loss of peripheral vision, night blindness, and can lead to total loss of vision.

How Can We Help And Provide Hope?

Dr. Shaun Golemba can help people with British Columbia with RP function better.  Reverse telescope glasses may be able to increase visual field size to improve mobility. Magnification may be useful if central loss is an issue. We suggest you call and discuss your particular situation with the doctor.

Juvenile Macular Degeneration

Juvenile Macular Degeneration - Stargardt’s Disease/Best Disease/Juvenile Retinoschisis

Juvenile macular degeneration is an eye disease developed in youth or early adolescents where the macula is damaged in the retina. Those with this eye condition will have issues with central vision, focusing, blurry vision, and seeing in dim lighting.

How Can We Help?

Low vision glasses and devices have proven to be extremely helpful for those with Stargardt’s Disease. Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped many patients from British Columbia who suffer from this eye disease to regain their independence and even drive again.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve due to a buildup of pressure in the eye. Known as the “sneak thief of vision,” this condition will cause a loss of the peripheral vision.

How Can We Help And Provide Hope?

Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped lots of patients from all over British Columbia with glaucoma regain their independence. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses s, E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back. Because glaucoma can cause different types of vision loss, it is best to discuss your particular situation with the doctor.

Stroke-Hemianopsia

When the brain is damaged due to a stroke, brain injury, or tumor, vision is often affected.  Stroke often causes Hemianopsia, which is decreased or total visual field loss in half of your field of vision.

How Can We Help?

We help stroke patients adjust to vision loss and to re-learn focus and balance. Dr. Shaun Golemba offers special prism glasses, developed by IALVS member Dr. Errol Rummel, to help patients from British Columbia see with their remaining vision. These custom Side Vision Awareness Glasses (SVAG), have helped stroke patients from all over the world regain their independence.  With the latest Low Vision aids and tech, we can help you regain your independence so you can identify people, read, watch, TV, and more.

Albinism

Albinism causes the central part of the retina, called the macula, to develop improperly. The macula is responsible for clear, sharp vision. When one has albinism, the retina is pale and central vision is reduced. The iris, which absorbs light, is lacking pigment which causes disability glare. Patients with albinism usually have impaired vision, crossed eyes, lazy eyes, and a sensitivity to bright light.

How Can We Help?

Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped a number of patients from British Columbia suffering from albinism to perform everyday tasks. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

Achromatopsia

This genetic eye condition leaves patients with the inability to see colors, leaving the world in a grayscale of black and white.  Achromatopsia causes reduced visual acuity, complaints of glare, and nystagmus (involuntary eye movement)

How Can We Help?

Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped lots of patients from all over British Columbia with Achromatopsia regain their independence. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses, E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

Cataracts

Over 24 million people in the US have this eye condition, where the naturally clear crystalline lens inside the eye becomes cloudy to the point where vision is impaired. Cataracts often cause glare, reduced acuity, change of color vision and reduced contrast.

How Can We Help?

Cataract removal and replacement with an artificial lens is the standard of care.  However, not all cataract patients are surgical candidates. Dr. Shaun Golemba is well equipped to help cataract patients from British Columbia function better  Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

Macular Hole

This genetic eye condition leaves patients with the inability to see colors, leaving the world in a grayscale of black and white.  Achromatopsia causes reduced visual acuity, complaints of glare, and nystagmus (involuntary eye movement)

How Can We Help?

Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped lots of patients from all over British Columbia with Achromatopsia regain their independence. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses, E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

Optic Atrophy

This is a condition where the optic nerve is damaged due to glaucoma, stroke, genetics, autoimmune conditions or any other forms of brain injury. Since this nerve carries impulses to the brain, when it is damaged, there can be central vision and/or peripheral vision loss.

Here Is How We Can Help

Dr. Shaun Golemba has various Low Vision aids that are equipped to help patients from British Columbia suffering from any of these conditions. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back.

Nystagmus

Nystagmus is an eye condition that causes involuntary eye movement or shaking of the eyes. Patients will have trouble focusing and issues maintaining balance.

What We Can Do To Help

We offer various low vision aids, such as prisms, that help patients keep their eyes focused and still, allowing them to see clearly again. Dr. Shaun Golemba has helped those from British Columbia suffering from this eye disease to do everyday task that proved too difficult before.

Pathological Myopia

This is an eye condition where the patient has severe short-sightedness or myopia. The eyeball continues to become more and more elongated causing stretching of the retina. Often, the macula is damaged, causing central vision loss.

Here Is How We Can Help

Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back

Rod-Cone Dystrophy

Rod-Cone Dystrophy is an eye condition that causes the loss of the photoreceptors known as cones and eventually rods. Initially, central and color vision loss occurs followed by night blindness.

How We Can Help

Dr. Shaun Golemba can help patients from British Columbia with Rod-Cone Dystrophy. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back

Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy

This eye condition affects the innermost layer of the cornea, causing improper amounts of fluid to enter the cornea or front “window” of the eye. Patients will have eye pain, sensitivity to light, difficulty with night vision, and cloudy vision.  

What Can We Do To Help?

We offer different solutions for those suffering from Fuchs Corneal Dystrophy. Dr. Shaun Golemba helps patients through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back

Histoplasmosis Retinopathy

Histoplasmosis Retinopathy a disease caused by infected airborne spores. This is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans aged 20-40. Straight lines will appear crooked and blind spots in the vision field will develop.

How We Can Help

When there is vision loss from this disease, we can work with patients to restore the vision with our Low Vision aids. Through our various Low Vision aids such as bioptic telescopic glasses E-Scoop glasses, magnifiers, and the latest in Low Vision technology, we have helped patients drive, do household tasks, recognize faces, and get their lives back

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There Is Hope For Families Of Low Vision Patients

If your father, mother, spouse or child is visually impaired, it can cause intense tension and strain at home. Your loved one suffering from Low Vision will likely be stressed, angry, or depressed about his or her condition and loss of independence. It is important to keep in mind the incredible stress that vision loss causes. As family members, you should encourage your loved ones to explore the possibilities that low vision care opens up. Members of the IALVS use demonstrator low vision glasses and devices during the low vision evaluation to show the patient how they can keep performing the desired tasks. If the patient does not want to speak with Dr. Shaun Golemba, we encourage children or spouses to talk to Dr. Shaun Golemba to discuss how we can help.

Tips For Coping With Vision Loss

 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 doctor 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
or board.

6. Adding a high-contrast stripe on steps (bright colour 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.

There Is Hope For Families Of Low Vision Patients

If your father, mother, spouse or child is visually impaired, it can cause intense tension and strain at home. Your loved one suffering from Low Vision will likely be stressed, angry, or depressed about his or her condition and loss of independence. It is important to keep in mind the incredible stress that vision loss causes. As family members, you should encourage your loved ones to explore the possibilities that low vision care opens up. Members of the IALVS use demonstrator low vision glasses and devices during the low vision evaluation to show the patient how they can keep performing the desired tasks. If the patient does not want to speak with Dr. Shaun Golemba, we encourage children or spouses to talk to Dr. Shaun Golemba to discuss how we can help.

Tips For Coping With Vision Loss

 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 doctor 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
or board.

6. Adding a high-contrast stripe on steps (bright colour 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.

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