Glasses For Visual Impairment
E-Scoop glasses are customized glasses designed for people with early stages of vision loss. By combining 5 different optical characteristics, E-Scoop glasses may help you or your loved ones use their remaining vision to drive, read, use the computer and much more.
Dr. Shaun Golemba is a member of The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, the leading low vision organization in the US. Dr. Shaun Golemba provides low vision patients from Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Okanagan, and Kootenay’s with prescription low vision glasses that help them regain their independence.
What Are E-Scoop Glasses?
E-Scoop glasses are custom designed optics that combine 5 unique optical characteristics to maximize the remaining vision of a low vision patient. These 5 optical features focus the image onto the part of the eye that is least affected by vision loss, thereby maximizing the patients current vision.
Our Low Vision doctor helps patients with early stage vision loss, due to eye diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, use their remaining vision to its fullest with these advanced optics.
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How Do E-Scoop Glasses Work?
E-Scoop glasses combine 5 optical features to assist a low vision patient:
- Custom tint (Color)
- Anti-reflective (Coating)
- Special lens (Thickness)
- Base (Curve)
- Base up (Prism) 4 base, 6 base, or 8 base.
How Do E-Scoop Glasses Help?
E-Scoop glasses help patients who have difficulty driving at night, using the computer, or adjusting to changes in light/brightness. For many patients with macular degeneration or other low vision diseases, even early stages of vision loss can hamper their ability to get around and do the things they love.
For many, E-Scoop glasses are the ideal low vision aid, as they provide new hope for the patient who is able to regain their ability to do so many things that they thought were no longer an option due to their vision loss. The tint allows for reduced visual stress from bright light such as daylight, along with UV protection, leading to greater comfort and improved vision.
The anti-reflective coating reduces glare during night driving, using a computer and similar tasks. The curve of the lens works to subtly enlarge the image enabling the wearer to experience more detail. The prism directs the light away from the damaged areas of the macula to the outer area that is generally unaffected at this stage of macular degeneration.
Why Are E-Scoops Ideal For Early Stages Of Vision Loss?
Patients with early stages of macular degeneration will begin to experience vision loss in the center of their vision. This is due to a high concentration of cones in the macula, which begin to degenerate and cause a blurry/dull/black hole in their central vision.
Unlike the macula, the side of the macula does not have so many cones, and by shifting the image from the highly damaged center of the macula to the less damaged periphery, the patient is left with better visual acuity.
How Long Do E-Scoop Glasses Last?
E-Scoop glasses are designed with the highest manufacturing standards and they feature scratch resistance and no-fade technology. Designed by leading experts in optical lens design for low vision, E-Scoop glasses have been used with great success with our patients from Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Okanagan, and Kootenay’s.
As a member of the International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists, the premier low vision organization in the world, our low vision doctor works with only the most effective and high quality low vision aids such as E-Scoop glasses.
E-Scoop Glasses And Driving
E-Scoop glasses may be the perfect option for someone who wants to drive but their vision is not meeting the requirements to pass DMV. Unlike bioptic telescopes, which are recommended for many low vision patients who are looking to drive, E-Scoops are for patients who do not require a big improvement in their vision in order to drive.
Like all low vision aids, each case needs to be assessed on an individual basis by our low vision doctor, in order to provide a customized recommendation that will best suit your visual needs. Dr. Shaun Golemba has worked with many patients to help them pass their driving requirements with low vision aids and E-Scoop glasses in particular.
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How Much Do E-Scoop Glasses Cost?
The cost of E-Scoop glasses will depend on the exact specifications that you need. For example non prescription clip on E-Scoop glasses will cost less than progressive glasses with a higher magnification (base curve). That said, E-Scoop glasses are considerably lower cost compared to other custom optics like bioptic telescope glasses.
Are E-Scoop Glasses Covered By Medicare Or Other Medical Or Vision Insurance Plans?
E-Scoop glasses are not covered by medicare or other insurance plans, however insurance plans are always changing their coverage and it is best to check with our eye doctor to see if there are updates to coverage by your particular vision insurance or medical insurance plan.
Are E-Scoop Glasses Worth The Cost?
In our experience, the life changing nature of low vision aids far exceeds their costs. While we understand that for many the cost of low vision aids, and custom optics in particular, can exceed their budget, we also try and give over the many benefits that make low vision aids a worthwhile investment.
If you or your loved ones are considering E-Scoop glasses, call our low vision doctor for a free phone consultation to explore your options. Our low vision eye doctor helps patients from Vancouver Island, as well as patients from Lower Mainland, Okanagan, and Kootenay’s.
Who Are The Ideal Candidates For E-Scoop Glasses?
For patients with early stages of vision loss due to macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy, E-Scoop glasses may be the ideal choice.
Patients who are recommended E-Scoop glasses tend to have one or more of the following issues:
- Difficulty with driving at night due to glare
- Issues with contrast, such as seeing food on a plate with a similar color to the plate or viewing text on your computer.
- Difficulty seeing outside due to the brightness of the light.
- Patients with advanced vision loss will generally need more advanced optics to provide measurable improvements to their vision and quality of life.