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REGAIN YOUR INDEPENDENCE

Doctor photoMeet Our Vancouver Island Low Vision Optometrist


Meet 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.

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.

For A Free Low Vision Phone Consultation Or To Schedule An Appointment:

Call Us (844) 505-4250

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Low Vision Glasses

Ever look through a pair of field glasses or binoculars? Things look bigger and closer, and easier to see. Dr Golemba and members of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) are using miniaturized telescopes mounted on glasses to help people who have lost vision from:

Macular Degeneration

    • Retinitis Pigmentosa
    • Diabetic Retinopathy
    • Glaucoma
    • Cataracts
    • Stroke
    • Albinism
    • Stargardt, Best Disease, & Juvenile Retinoschisis

Learn more about telescope glasses for low vision

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What is Low Vision?

Living With Low Vision

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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.

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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.

How To Make Life With Low Vision Easier

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 specialist 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.

For A Free Low Vision Phone Consultation Or To Schedule An Appointment:

Call Us (844) 505-4250

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Macular Degeneration (AMD/ARMD)

Juvenile Macular Degeneration (JMD)

Implantable Telescope For Macular Degeneration

senior man in thought 300×109Macular 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.

healthy student slide 300×113Juvenile 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

eye lens compress 300×113CentraSight 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.

Visual Aids

Low vision means that a minimal amount of sight remains intact. There are millions of people who suffer from the condition and manage to function with the remaining vision available to them through the use of visual rehabilitation or visual aids.

What are visual aids?

These are devices that help people with low vision function by maximizing remaining eyesight. This often involves the use of magnifiers (handheld, mounted or stand-alone), telescopes and other tools to enlarge the images of objects to make them more visible. Some visual aids reduce glare and enhance contrast which makes it easier to see. Other low vision aids act as guides to help the person focus on non-visual cues, such as sound or feel. Finding the right visual aid is a matter of consulting with our Vancouver Island professional and experimenting with what works for you and your daily needs.

Low Vision Aids for Computer Users

Using a computer can become quite a challenge for the visually impaired. Simple tasks like reading an email, navigating to your web browser, and using a mouse become insurmountable obstacles. Luckily there are amazing solutions for the visually challenged patient. One of the latest releases is Zoom Text, which allows easy maneuverability, size adjustment, and even reading of the text.

Bioptics/Telescope Glasses

BiopticThe 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".

Learn more about telescope glasses for low vision

For A Free Low Vision Phone Consultation Or To Schedule An Appointment:

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  • The most scary thing about glaucoma is that it can steal your vision gradually and without your noticing. Glaucoma most often strikes people over age 50. The best defense against glaucoma is a regular eye examination.
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss for people over the age of 60. Also known as AMD or ARMD, it affects central vision causing significant hardship to the patient making driving, reading and even seeing faces difficult without the help of a low vision aid.
  • Regain your independence with custom created telescope glasses that will aid patients with macular degeneration, diabetes, and other eye diseases to have vast improvements in functional vision.
  • While a comprehensive eye examination can determine for certain if you have a cataract forming, there are a number of signs and symptoms that may indicate a cataract.
  • Diabetes, a disease that prevents your body from making or using insulin to break down sugar in your bloodstream, can affect your eyes and your vision.
  • Our Low Vision blog has lots of helpful information for the visually impaired.