Low Vision Eye Doctor, on Vancouver Island, BC
Our mission is to provide customized solutions to every day 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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What is Low Vision?
Living 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 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 and macular degeneration, which are some of the most common causes of the condition.
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.
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Macular Degeneration (AMD/ARMD)
Juvenile Macular Degeneration (JMD)
Implantable Telescope For Macular Degeneration
Macular degeneration is the most common disease associated with low vision.
Around 1.4 million Canadians suffer from macular degeneration in its variety of forms; Wet AMD, Dry AMD, and Juvenile macular degeneration.
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 Disease
- Best Disease
- Juvenile Retinoschisis
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 doctor to find out if CentraSight is right for you.
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 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 optometrist 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 optometrist 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".