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What is the difference between low vision and poor vision?

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Beyond the borders of the vision community, the average person, likely is unfamiliar with the term ‘low vision’. It has become somewhat synonymous with the term ‘poor vision’. Even in the vision community, there are different definitions floating around that cause confusion, especially when it concerns referring a patient to a low vision specialist.

Two common definitions are:

  1. Low vision is vision that can’t be adequately corrected with glasses, contacts, medication, or surgery.
  2. Low vision is a term that refers to vision 20/70 or worse.

As we define it in our practice, low vision is a result of having an eye condition that prevents someone from doing the things that they want to do.

Common eye conditions that can cause low vision are:

  • macular degeneration
  • Stargardt disease
  • ocular albinism
  • retinitis pigmentosa
  • diabetic retinopathy
  • stroke-hemianopsia

Patients whose eyesight is affected might be having trouble performing tasks such as:

  • reading- books, newspapers, magazines, sheet music, labels on packaging including prescriptions
  • seeing faces
  • driving
  • playing cards
  • art projects
  • crafts
  • watching tv
  • seeing food on utensils

Although the damage sustained may be uncorrectable, our exclusive objective is to capture and maximize the utility of a person’s remaining vision. We can attain our objective through the prescription of highly specialized devices.

Our low vision practice focuses on identifying the best vision-enhancing device to allow the performance of specific tasks. Custom low vision glasses, such as bioptic telescopes, or microscope and prismatic reading glasses, are just a few examples of the hands-free aids at our disposal. Often, more than one device is prescribed to accomplish different tasks.

An example of a low vision patient is Jane.

Jane has macular degeneration. She found out that regular glasses won’t help and there isn’t a cure. She can’t read her Bible anymore or see the numbers well enough on her bills. It’s also hard to tell what is happening on tv. She feels frustrated and down. Jane has low vision. She is a perfect candidate for a low vision evaluation.

Here are some questions that may identify someone is a low vision candidate.

  1. Do you have a vision condition?
  2. Are there things that you can no longer do as a result?
  3. Does the inability to do these things frustrate you?

If the answer to all three of these questions is ‘Yes’, then the person would benefit from a low vision consultation. If the answer to any of these questions is ‘No’, they do not have low vision (they may have poor vision.)

Let’s compare a person with hearing loss to a low vision patient. For example, George has mild hearing loss (poor hearing). He mentions it to his primary care physician, but it is not severe enough to warrant a referral to an audiologist. Instead, George goes out and buys an over-the-counter amplification device so that he can hear his tv better.

Then there is Dennis. Dennis has more severe hearing loss than George. There are some tones that he can’t hear like the seatbelt alarm in his car, and he is concerned that his hearing could put him in physical danger. His primary care physician referred him to an audiologist. Dennis’ audiologist prescribed a specific hearing aid so that he could hear the missing tones and live confidently again.

Low vision specialists are the audiologists of the visual world. Our patients have moderate to severe vision loss and are frustrated with their inability to function in their everyday lives. We assess and prescribe custom, physical solutions for the things they want to do. Oftentimes, we see our patients for the initial assessment, at the dispensing, and thereafter, annually, or as needed to assess any vision loss that occurs over time.

Ever since William Feinbloom OD introduced low vision glasses in 1936 there has been hope and promise for people with low vision. Only recently has the standard of care evolved into the referral of low vision patients to a low vision specialist. What was once hope and promise is now a reality.

Our commitment has always been and continues to be that “There is life after vision loss”.

Dr. Jill Mogil is transforming the lives of many people living with Macular Degeneration through her low vision aids and glasses

Glasses are custom-made as per the patients’ requirements

Dr. Jill Mogil, low vision optometrist and Fellow of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (FIALVS), is the Clinical Director of Gateway Low Vision. Dr. Mogil specializes in prescribing high-powered, custom low vision glasses to patients with impaired vision due to glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, or other eye diseases, particularly Macular Degeneration, a predominant cause of vision loss that affects millions of American adults ages 60+.

Speaking in detail about age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Dr. Mogil added, “The macula is the most sensitive part of the retina, the film in the back of the eye which turns light into vision. It is in the center and is responsible for clear, high-definition, central vision. Macular degeneration is an eye condition that occurs due to damage to the macula, thus, causing partial or complete loss of central vision.”

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“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,” Dr. Mogil explained, “I’m honored to be a part of the team of doctors that include optometrists, ophthalmologists, and retina specialists who provide a holistic patient-first approach.” People lose hope of ever doing the things they love again, but a low vision practitioner can help by utilizing the custom glasses and other solutions available. Managing the effects of vision loss from conditions like macular degeneration is the critical task that Dr. Mogil attends to.

Through her education, training, and experience Dr. Mogil is uniquely qualified as a specialist in vision enhancement for low vision patients. Although low vision cannot be fully corrected, a wide array of low vision glasses and low vision instruments significantly improve vision, such as, custom bioptic or full diameter telescopic glasses, E-Scoop glasses, high powered prismatic reading glasses, etc.

As an IALVS Fellow, Dr. Mogil is a component of an international network of approximately 40 low vision optometrists located throughout North America. “We utilize our ever-improving arsenal of tools to enhance vision and help patients reclaim the ability to carry out tasks that are most important to them.”

Since referral of low vision patients to a low vision specialist is now recognized as the standard of care, many more low vision patients will benefit from Dr. Mogil’s expertise and association with IALVS. Patients will now be able to appreciate the phrase, “There is life after vision loss.” “Gateway Low Vision is committed to helping people improve their quality of life and giving them another chance to do what they love to do.” Vision Enhancement helps boost one’s confidence and morale, thereby reducing depression.

About Dr. Jill Mogil

Dr. Mogil earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri St. Louis College of Optometry. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), a member of the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Missouri Optometric Association (MOA), and the St. Louis Optometric Society. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, she is married with four adult children, relishes hiking, savors traveling, and enjoys working with lenses behind the camera as a part-time documentary filmmaker.

Media Contact

Company: Gateway Low Vision

Name: Dr. Jill M. Mogil

Address: 2821 N Ballas Road, Suite C-11LV Saint Louis, MO 63131

Email: gatewaylowvision@gmail.com

Phone: 833-376-6445

Country: USA

Website: https://www.gatewaylowvision.com/

How Can Gateway Low Vision Help Patients with Glaucoma?

Glaucoma

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.

#MeetTheBlind: Wesley H.

 

PATIENT: WESLEY H.

Why did the patient come in?

Wesley came in with extreme vision loss due to experimental surgeries that left him legally blind.

What was the main problem the patient was having?

Wesley was driving without a license and wanted to find a way to drive legally.

What did his low vision doctor prescribe?

After a thorough low vision exam and an intense two-week driving course, Dr. Cusic, who specializes in helping folks who have severe vision loss, prescribed Wesley a bioptic telescope.

A smiling man wearing glasses in a suitcoat

Dr. Ross Cusic, low vision specialist at Seattle Low Vision

What were the results?

Wesley was the first person in Washington State to get his Bioptic Motorcycle license.

Can I get a Bioptic Motorcycle License from my local low vision doctor?

This depends on where you live and the condition of your vision. Call our office for your free low vision phone consultation to find out what your options are: 833-376-6445

Conclusion

Dr. Mogil focuses on improving your remaining vision rather than trying to cure it. Contacting us early can greatly improve your quality of life!

It’s Blindness Awareness Month

Blindness Awareness Month (1)Did you know the National Federation of the Blind has designated the month of October as Blindness Awareness Month? The purpose of this month is to educate folks and spread the message to communities across the nation.

What does legally blind really mean?

Legally blind does not mean the individual can’t see anything. It means their usable vision is 200/20 in their best eye. 200/20 means that an object 200 feet away can be seen standing 20 feet in front of it.

What are the differences between being blind and legally blind?

A fully blind person usually cannot see anything. There’s usually no vision at all, whereas a legally blind person still has usable vision and sees objects extremely blurry. A legally blind person with some usable vision could benefit from an intense magnifying glass to be able to see something that is right in front of them.

Is this something that is fixable?

Being legally blind is a condition that may be improved with a special lens. For example, we prescribe glasses that have prisms that show things side-to-side, contrast to see things easier or magnify that can help someone with some usable vision see faces, read, and, in some areas, even obtain their driver’s license.

How do I find out if my vision is improvable by a low vision doctor?

You can schedule a free low vision exam *here*. This kind of exam is a more in-depth eye exam that will determine if our tools can help you with your vision.

We customize our tools to your vision so that you can do the things that you love again. Our tools include

  • Bioptic telescopes
  • Prismatic reading glasses
  • Full diameter telescopes
  • E-Scoop® glasses

The month of October is dedicated to understanding the realities of living with vision loss. For those with usable vision, we can help. Some conditions that we can help are ocular albinism, Stargardt disease, macular degeneration, and others.

According to the World Health Organization, “everyone will experience, if they live long enough, at least one eye condition in their lifetime” and we believe that there is life after vision loss. Learn your options now by calling 833.376.6445.

 

Saint Louis MO Optometrist Launches Low Vision/Macular Degeneration Solutions

gateway low visionGateway Low Vision, a low vision optometry practice located in Saint Louis, Missouri, has launched its updated low vision exam services. Led by expert low vision optometrist Dr. Jill Mogil, the clinic has an extensive track record of helping patients with low vision live their fullest lives.

As August is National Eye Exam Month, the clinic is making a push to educate people about how low vision exams are different from regular eye exams.

The practice specializes in providing state-of-the-art precision low vision eyewear that medical eye doctors often do not offer. Dr. Mogil works directly with clients to restore their ability to read, drive, work, recognize loved ones, and more.

Gateway Low Vision performs comprehensive low vision exams. The process begins with an evaluation of the patient’s medical history, including chronic conditions, prescription medications, and key health indicators, such as blood pressure.

Next, patients answer questions about their vision impairment, including the onset, the severity, and the treatments they have received. In addition, Dr. Mogil asks patients about their history with specific diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and other conditions.

During the exam, Dr. Mogil performs complex refraction to evaluate the refractive error. Further, low vision testing charts, developed by William Feinbloom, O.D., Ph.D.- a pioneer in the field of low vision- are employed to determine the extent of patient visual impairment.

Dr. Mogil carries out a variety of additional tests, including assessments of glare, contrast sensitivity, reading ability, and visual fields. Drops to dilate the pupils used in other exams are not a part of a low vision exam.

Upon completion of the exam, patients may be prescribed low vision eyewear to improve their quality of life, including bioptic telescopes, side vision awareness glasses®, E-Scoop® glasses, and prismatic lenses.

Her low vision practice complements preventative eye care and medical treatments by other eyecare doctors. Dr. Mogil’s practice is exclusively devoted to providing low vision-enhancing solutions, including those caused by macular degeneration. In addition, she collaborates with patients’ existing eye doctors to address their visual impairments.

A spokesperson for the practice said: “Dr. Mogil recognizes that vision loss can often lead to depression, loss of independence, and reduced quality of life. She is honored to be a part of the team of doctors that include optometrists, ophthalmologists, and retina specialists who provide a holistic patient-first approach.”

More information is available at https://www.gatewaylowvision.com

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Company Name: Gateway Low Vision, LLC
Contact Person: Dr. Jill Mogil
Email: gatewaylowvision@gmail.com
Phone: (833) 376-6445
Address: 2821 N Ballas Rd, C-11 St. Louis, MO 63131
Country: United States
Website:
https://www.gatewaylowvision.com

Where Can I Find A Low Vision Doctor?

woman reading with low vision

  • Reading your favorite books is difficult.
  • You squint a lot while watching TV.
  • When friends or family come to visit, you find it hard to clearly see their faces.
  • Driving is hard because the street signs, exit ramps, and other cars seem blurry.

Does this sound familiar? If you’ve experienced any of these situations, then you know how difficult it has become to do the daily tasks you used to enjoy. Whether your vision loss is a result of an injury, genetic condition, or eye disease, getting the right kind of eyecare is essential.

I Have An Eye Doctor. Why Do I Need A Low Vision Doctor?

Low vision care is about more than just glasses or contacts for better eyesight. It’s about a thorough understanding of your lifestyle and what’s important to you, and optimizing your remaining vision so you can get back to doing what you love.

While your regular eye doctor can give you general vision care and prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, a low vision doctor looks at the whole picture. Their goal is to slow down the progression of vision loss and provide you with the right devices and glasses to enhance your remaining vision.

How Do I Find A Low Vision Doctor?

Elderly man having difficulty readingThe International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) has a network of low vision doctors who are located all over the US and Canada. That means there is a low vision eye doctor who treats patients in your area, so you won’t have to go very far to receive top-quality care.

Our doctors undergo special training and have access to the latest research and technologies for low vision care. IALVS doctors are ready to help you live your best life, even with vision loss. Check out the complete doctor directory online.

How Quickly Will My Visual Activity Improve?

Treating your low vision is about giving you the right tools to maximize your vision for the everyday kinds of activities you enjoy. How quickly your visual activity will improve depends on how much loss of visual acuity you have and how quickly you see a low vision eye doctor.

It’s so important to see a low vision doctor as soon as possible. If you find that cooking isn’t as easy as it used to be, watching a movie gives you a headache, or reading a newspaper causes your eyes to feel tired, it’s time to talk to a low vision eye doctor. The sooner you seek treatment, the quicker we can give you the support you need.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any signs of vision loss – even mild ones – schedule an appointment with one of our low vision doctors.

Even if you’ve been told by another doctor that there’s nothing else to do, don’t give up hope. Talk to an IALVS low vision doctor – we can help you stay independent and live your life with the best vision possible.

When To Contact A Low Vision Doctor: When You Can’t See To Do What You Want To Do

Question mark on blackboardWhen you break your leg, you feel the pain of the fracture and visit a doctor to repair the broken limb. When you hurt your back, you go to a chiropractor to relieve the intense pain. But what happens when you experience vision loss without even noticing it? How do you know when to visit a low vision doctor if you don’t feel any pain?

What Are the Common Symptoms of Vision Loss?

Some signs of vision loss often go unnoticed until the symptoms are far along. Signs of vision loss typically include the following:

  • Blurry vision
  • Cloudy vision
  • Decreased peripheral (side) vision
  • Difficulty seeing clearly at night
  • Frequent headaches
  • Reduced central vision (what you see straight ahead)
  • Seeing halos around lights
  • Sensitivity to light

Especially in its earlier stages, certain signs of low vision can easily be attributed to other things. Frequent headaches can be triggered by stress or excessive computer use, light sensitivity can develop from migraines, anxiety, or certain medications, and even blurry vision may be the result of an eye infection, exhaustion, or dehydration.

When Low Vision Becomes Serious

Blonde Woman, sad about low vision diagnosisSo how can you know when your symptoms are serious? One way to know is by paying attention to how changes in vision affect your daily life. If driving at night becomes increasingly difficult, if you notice that headaches are becoming persistent, or if reading or watching TV isn’t enjoyable because the images are unclear, it may be more than just a temporary symptom.

Low vision is a significant visual impairment, which isn’t corrected by simply wearing glasses or contact lenses. It not only impacts your everyday activities, but can cause long-term vision loss – even blindness, if left untreated – so if doing what you love is becoming hard because of poor vision, it’s time to visit a low vision doctor.

How Does A Low Vision Doctor Help?

A low vision doctor focuses on maximizing your remaining vision to help you continue doing what you enjoy. Dr. Jill Mogil does this with the help of low vision glasses and devices. These tools magnify images, allowing you to see details for sharp, clear vision.

If vision loss makes it hard for you to read your favorite book or a restaurant menu, microscope glasses can help. They enlarge the text so you can enjoy reading once again. Have fun dining out with friends without asking for help reading the menu. It’s all about living an independent life in the best way possible!

Elderly asian man, dark eye-colorWhen it comes to the people closest to you, there’s nothing more painful than being unable to recognize them. Low vision can make it hard to recognize faces, so when your grandchildren come to visit, of course, you want to see their smiling faces in detail. Gateway Low Vision can help you with that by providing you with the right low vision devices.

If you love the freedom and independence that driving offers, vision loss can make that difficult. Your low vision optometrist can fit you for bioptic telescope glasses. These devices magnify objects like street signs and traffic lights. These elements of your environment appear sharper, so you can see them clearly and can continue driving safely, even while driving at night.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any symptoms of vision loss, schedule a visit with Gateway Low Vision. Dr. Jill Mogil will perform a thorough eye exam and talk to you about how to maximize your remaining vision to help you continue doing the things you want to do, for the best quality of life.

Why AMD Patients Need 2 Doctors

man with macular degenerationCentral vision is an important element of your overall vision, allowing you to see images and objects as you look straight ahead. This function affects your ability to read books, drive a car, watch TV, or recognize faces of the people you love. For patients with Macular Degeneration, these everyday functions become difficult.

Treatment For Age-Related Macular Degeneration

While there is no cure for AMD, there are some things you can do – together with your doctors – to stop the disease from deteriorating further and prevent total blindness.

For the most effective treatment, patients should visit 2 doctors: one to treat the medical condition itself and one to manage the patient’s vision.

Why 2 Doctors?

Since Age-Related Macular Degeneration is an eye disease, visiting a medical doctor is necessary. Just like going to your family doctor for an illness or injury, proper medical care for your eyes is critical. One doctor treats the medical condition by preventing AMD from worsening, while a Low Vision doctor enhances the patient’s remaining vision.

What Medical Care Involves

Elderly woman using bioptic telescopesMedical care from your eye doctor typically includes monitoring your blood pressure, since high BP can negatively impact the many blood vessels in the eye. Your doctor can also help you quit smoking. This is important because smoking increases the risk of developing AMD between 2-5 times!

Improving your diet is something your doctor can assist with, as well. Foods rich in zinc and antioxidants have been shown to protect against and slow down the progression of AMD. Daily nutritional supplements are known to aid in slowing down the disease. Look for those which include high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Zinc, and Copper.

For more severe cases of AMD, the doctor may suggest treatments such as laser surgery, injecting light-sensitive dyes, or AMD medication, which is injected directly into the eye. These options can suppress the growth of abnormal blood vessels, which is what causes the wet form of Macular Degeneration to develop.

What Low Vision Care Involves

A Low Vision doctor helps optimize your remaining vision with devices like magnifiers and telescopes. These aids can enlarge images so that you can see them in greater detail. Some aids are placed on special glasses to allow you to drive, read, write, or use a computer with sharper, clearer vision. Others can magnify images in your direct line of vision, allowing you to recognize facial details with clarity.

Dr. Jill Mogil’s goal is to use your remaining vision to enable you to do the things you enjoy. If AMD makes it difficult for you to read books, drive to shop or run errands, enjoy screen time on your computer or smartphone, and spend time with friends or family, we can help. The staff at Gateway Low Vision can recommend the best visual aids and devices for you.

Symptoms

Medical illustration of eyePatients may show signs of AMD without even knowing it, until more noticeable symptoms develop, such as deteriorating vision.

The most frequent signs of AMD include:

  • Blind spots
  • Blurry or cloudy vision
  • Distorted images
  • Fuzzy-looking vision
  • Shadows or dark spots on an image or object

If you or a loved is showing any of these signs – even in mild form – speak to Dr. Jill Mogil immediately. The earlier AMD is diagnosed, the sooner it can be managed.

If you have any questions or concerns, speak with our staff at Gateway Low Vision and schedule a consultation. Let us help enhance your central vision and help you find the best way to enjoy a better quality of life.

Top 8 Lighting Tips for People With Low Vision

You’ve got Low Vision and you need some ways of minimizing the effects on your daily activities. One of the best ways to do this is with lighting. Changing the lighting in your home or office can make a significant, positive impact on your functional vision.
Check out Dr. Jill Mogil‘s tips for making life with Low Vision more manageable.

Home Is Where the Light Is

Older Woman with Low Vision, Posing with Adult Daughter

Home may be where the heart is, but the lighting is pretty important, too. You may have fixtures that are elegant and classy, fun and colorful, or basic and functional. But no matter how they look on the outside, the bulbs inside are central to how you spend your days and nights.

Using brighter bulbs can give you better vision clarity, so that you can easily maneuver around the things in your home. Using dimmer bulbs may help prevent uncomfortable reactions to strong lights and glare, or simply make it easier to recognize the faces of the people around you.

What’s Your Type?

Thanks to advancements in technology and interior design, there are various types of lighting to choose from without compromising on style, décor, or functionality
Let’s briefly review the 4 most common types of light bulbs:

Incandescent: Although close to natural sunlight, this type of light tends to be concentrated on a few areas, leaving others in a bit of shadow or glare. It is also no longer mass produced since the mid-2000’s when more energy efficient bulbs hit the market.

Halogen: A type of incandescent bulb that is more energy efficient with a longer life. It provides a strong light with great illumination in a room and is best for viewing contrast between objects, images, and surroundings.

Fluorescent: A happy combination of brightness and safety, these bulbs are manufactured in a variety of brightness levels and colors. They are used in both commercial and residential spaces and in the outdoors and indoors, so they offer a lot of versatility.

LEDs: Perhaps the most popular type of lighting due to its many applications, Light-Emitting Diodes (or LEDs, for short) are the most energy

efficient and longest-lasting bulbs on the market. They are best used for when you need light concentrated on a certain spot for a specific function or task. They also come in a variety of colors and designs.

In addition to choosing the right light bulbs, it’s important to understand the difference between lux, lumens, wattage, and CRI (Color Rendering Index). That’s because they can have a big impact on the quality of life for people with vision difficulties Lux is a way of measuring how intense a light is, also known as ‘illumination’. For example, a typical living room probably has 50 lux, while a grocery store or shopping mall may have closer to 750 lux.Grandmother with Low Vision, Wearing Eyeglasses Lumen means how much light is emitted from a particular lighting source. The higher the lumen, the brighter the light. Wattage is the amount of energy that a product consumes, similar to a mobile phone battery’s usage.
Color Rendering Index, or CRI, is how a lighting source displays color when compared to natural light. So you may see something in

the sunlight that looks dark green, while in artificial light, it may appear a much brighter shade of green.
Both Lux and CRI are the most important factors for your lighting needs because they affect how you see the world.

Keep Doing What You Love

With Macular Degeneration and other eye diseases, it’s essential to use different kinds of lighting for the things you do every day, like reading, writing, watching TV, going online, shopping, or cooking. Bright lights may work best for doing housework, while low lights may be the most comfortable for reading or watching TV.

Dr. Jill Mogil will be happy to recommend the light bulbs that are the most comfortable for doing the things you love.

Timing Is Everything

Day or night can make a huge difference in your Low Vision lighting needs. For example, putting your living room lights on a timer so that the lights go on in the evenings and off before going to sleep makes your life just a little bit easier. Automatic dimmers let you control the brightness of lights, while smart sensors or motion-detectors can turn on or off simply by walking near them.

Maybe It’s The Lamp

When you need light to view something close up, try using a swivel lamp. It lets you move the light exactly where you’d like it to be. Flexible floor lamps give the right amount of illumination without causing eye strain or headaches, especially helpful for Glaucoma patients. Special Low Vision lamps let you control magnification, position, or even the color of the light, from a soft yellowish white to a brighter pure white.

Mimic The Sun

Senior Woman with Low Vision, Wearing Eyeglasses

Natural sunlight can be either beneficial or harmful for Low Vision patients, depending on how mild or severe their case may be. For some, sunlight

can be helpful when reading a book or writing. For those with sensitivity to light, the brightness can cause a glare or pain. In these cases, patients should use lamps that simulate sunlight, without the harmful side effects.

 

Don’t Leave Home Without It

It’s a fast-paced world out there. Take your lighting devices with you! A small pen light can help you read a menu in a dark restaurant, find your keys in a parking garage, or open the door when coming home at night. Even in brighter light, a handheld lighting device can give you a small, focused light wherever and whenever you need it most.

Distance Makes The Light Grow Fonder

Many Low Vision patients have trouble with distance vision. Viewing an image or object from a distance is just as important as the level of brightness in the room. That’s why it’s necessary to use Low Vision lighting tools that are completely adjustable so they aren’t placed at a fixed distance. Being able to move the neck of a desk lamp, for instance, makes it easier to see a book or photo with greater clarity.

Go ahead and try these lighting tips to help your day-to-day functioning with Low Vision. Dr. Jill Mogil can tell you where to buy these kinds of light bulbs and devices. If you have any questions or concerns, speak with our staff at Gateway Low Vision and we’ll be glad to help.

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