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Jill M. Mogil, O.D.
Clinical Director

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Low Vision Optometrist In St. Louis, Missouri

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Low Vision Optometrists Redefine Vision Loss

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.

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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 require and regain their self-sufficiency. 

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A Low Vision Optometrist Can Help

Dr. Jill Mogil is a Low Vision Optometrist and 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 lives. Dr. Jill Mogil is passionate about low vision care and making a difference in our communities. 

Over 35 Years Of Helping People To See Better

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 Missouri visit for Low Vision care for a wide variety of conditions and diseases.

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How Can A Low Vision Eye Doctor Help Me?

Dr. Jill M. Mogil helps patients to maximize their remaining vision to its full potential, in order to recover and save vision functionality. With the help of vision aids, such as highly specialized Low Vision optics and spectacles, patients can regain their independence. Dr. Mogil has helped patients from all over Missouri, with eye diseases such as Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Stargardts, Albinism related vision issues, Glaucoma, and more. “My goal is for you to reclaim the ability to carry out tasks that are important to you. Tasks such as driving a car, reading the newspaper, recognizing faces, watching TV, playing cards or games, cooking, and anything that matters in your life.” As a member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) — a network of low vision optometrists — Dr. Mogil has intensively studied low vision care. “We are committed to maximizing our patient’s vision and help them live their best lives.”

What Is A Low Vision Exam?

During your low vision eye exam, Dr. Jill Mogil 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. Mogil what your specific vision goals are, such as reading, writing, recognizing faces, watching TV, or driving. A determination as to which areas of your vision are lacking, whether central or peripheral? Dr. Mogil will then recommend which low vision aids or devices will help you do what you want to do. You will then experiment with trial frames and lenses so that you can actually experience the enhanced vision. The low vision exam takes about an hour and half.

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 Dr Mogil for a complimentary phone consultation to understand how you may be helped. If you are in doubt our St. Louis low vision optometrist can help, we encourage you to call and Dr. Jill Mogil will be happy to discuss your concerns on the phone.

View Our Success Stories.

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.

DMV State Driving Laws.

Driving rules are complex and constantly changing. We have helped low vision patients from all over Missouri remain independet with bioptic telescope glasses.. 

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How Can A Low Vision Eye Doctor Help Me?

Our Low Vision Optometrist, Dr. Jill Mogil, helps patients from all over Missouri, with eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts, vision issues related to albinism, and more, to maximize their remaining vision to its full potential in order to recover and save vision functionality. This is done with the help of highly specialized Low Vision optics/glasses and other vision aids that help patients regain their independence.

There Is Hope For People With Vision Loss!

Dr. Jill Mogil, our Low Vision eye doctor, is passionate about helping people recover their day to day functioning. Too many patients leave their ophthalmologist or retinologist thinking there is nothing more that can be done but manage the disease to prevent further vision loss.

As a member of the International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), the premier organization of Low Vision Optometrists, Dr Mogil has received extensive training to learn how to help patients maximize their remaining vision. Using the latest devices and technology has enabled many people to read, drive, sew, play cards, watch television, and use the computer—all of which would be impossible without these Low Vision Aids.

At Gateway Low Vision, we help patients from all over Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Missouri, enjoy life after vision loss .

Meet Our Low Vision Optometrist

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As a low vision optometrist, Dr Jill Mogil fosters her patients with dedication and compassion. “My heart goes out to those who have lost the ability to do the normal activities that they love, like reading, watching TV, recognizing faces, and driving. I am very much aware that vision loss...

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How To Deal With Low Vision: Low Vision Aids

A Low Vision aid 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. Gateway Low Vision is the preferred provider of Low Vision aids for patients from the Gateway area through most of Missouri.

Low Vision Telescope Glasses

Custom Aid And Device Fitting

One of the most important Low Vision tools in our arsenal is Telescope Glasses. Dr. Jill Mogil 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?

We 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.

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
DMV Driving Laws For Telescope Glasses In Missouri

Did you know that most US states allow driving with bioptic telescopes?

Custom fit bioptic telescope glasses allow a driver to alternate between a normal view and a magnified view to read road signs, see traffic lights and emergencies.

This is similar to using the side or rear view mirrors as needed in normal driving. Our Low Vision Doctor, Dr. Jill Mogil, has enabled countless patients in Missouri to regain the ability to drive again.

Low Vision Diseases And Other Conditions

We help patients with a variety of low vision eye diseases such as Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Glaucoma, and Cataracts. Visit our low vision eye diseases page to learn more.

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. Jill Mogil, we encourage children or spouses to talk to Dr. Jill Mogil to discuss how we can help.

Our Specialty Eye Care Devices

CLEAR IMAGE PRISMATIC READER

E-SCOOP MEN'S FRAME, ORANGE LENS

FULL DIAMETER TELESCOPE GLASSES

E-SCOOP WOMEN'S FRAME, YELLOW LENS

ONE PIECE PRISMATIC MICROSCOPE

LOWER POWER TELESCOPE GLASSES

SIDE VISION AWARENESS GLASSES

BIOPTIC LENSES

Serving Patients From:

St. Louis | Eastern Missouri | Jefferson City | Poplar Bluff | and the state of Missouri

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