is one of the leading causes of blindness in older adults but can occur at any age. It is caused by damage to the optic nerve, often the result of pressure buildup in the eye. There are several forms of glaucoma; the most common is primary open-angle glaucoma, often called “the sneak thief of sight” because it has no symptoms until significant vision loss has occurred.
Glaucoma damage is permanent—it cannot be reversed. But medicine and surgery help to stop further damage. Early detection is crucial.
If glaucoma is caught early enough before the damage is too severe, usable vision could be significantly enhanced using high-powered low vision glasses. Making the most of the patient’s remaining vision is the goal.
Patients who are having difficulty reading, watching television, seeing loved ones, or even driving could greatly benefit from the services of a low vision specialist. Dr. Jill M. Mogil, a low vision optometrist and a Fellow of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (FIALVS), is the Clinical Director of Gateway Low Vision. Dr. Mogil is uniquely qualified to prescribe special low vision glasses and other devices. She will perform an extensive vision examination to determine which low vision glasses, such as bioptic and full diameter telescopes, microscope reading glasses, or other high-powered devices, a patient will benefit from.
An initial complimentary phone consultation (833-376-6445) will help assess a patient’s likelihood of benefiting from high-powered low vision glasses or devices.