Low Vision Evaluation

1. The FREE Telephone Interview.

Dr. Broyles speaks personally with every potential patient prior to scheduling the appointment.  The interview allows us to determine if you are a good candidate for our products and services. Dr. Broyles will not waste a person’s time or money if he believes he cannot help you.

2. The Low Vision evaluation consists of three steps:

  • Find out the amount of vision the patient has.
  • Find out the amount of vision needed to do the desired task.
  • Determine the device that best helps the patient to effectively perform the task.

We find out the amount of vision the patient has by performing a low vision evaluation. It is a unique process that differs from a routine eye exam:

  • We use special charts and techniques to identify any vision that remains but may be “hiding” in the periphery.
  • We carefully recheck the regular eyeglass prescription to improve it if possible.
  • We see how magnification and lighting affects the level of vision

We find out the amount of vision needed to do the desired task with very specific questions and demonstrations.

  • We ask the patient to bring samples of print they want to see (racing charts, stock market pages, automobile repair manuals…).
  • We ask the patient to bring samples of activities they do (needlework, spark plugs, bridge cards…).

We determine the device that best helps the patient to effectively perform the task by having many unique demonstrators in the office. We do not order any low vision device unless we prove that it works in the office first.

Telescopic Eyeglasses

Telescopic Eyeglasses

Miniature Binoculars inserted into eyeglasses are called TELESCOPIC SPECTACLES.  The patient’s eyeglass prescription as well as the highest quality optics must be used in the system for maximum clarity. Telescopic spectacles can be prescribed as monocular (for one eye) or binocular (for two eyes). The telescope can be mounted in various positions in the glasses.

Bi-optic Position

Smaller telescopes mounted high in the glasses allow the person to view through either the telescope or the carrier (regular prescription lens) by simply moving the head slightly up or down. This position is used for tasks like walking, driving, theater, at sporting events, church or travel.

Full Diameter Position

Either small or larger telescopes are placed in the center of the frame for tasks not requiring mobility.  They are used for reading, television, card playing, or simply enjoying seeing the faces of those in conversation.

Near Position

Two telescopes can be converged for use at near when reading or performing detailed tasks. Telescopes vary in power, field, weight and can be focusable or non-focusable. The optics of telescopes is complex. The knowledge and experience of the prescribing doctor in designing and fitting is very important in determining what is best for you. Dr. Broyles has designed and fit hundreds of patients with telescopic spectacles and is very experienced in this area of optometry. Cost varies with the prescription needed in the system and the type of telescopes ordered. This can be discussed during the FREE TELEPHONE INTERVIEW.

Custom Position

Telescopes can be placed in any position and at any angle a task demands. For example, one type of custom telescope was designed for a student who needed one telescope angled down for reading and writing and the other up for seeing the teacher and the chalkboard.

Microscope Eyeglasses

Microscope Eyeglasses

Microscope Eyeglasses are double lens systems that combine the patients eyeglass prescription with the amount of magnification needed. The amount needed depends upon the level of remaining vision and the size of the material to be seen. These optical systems reduce the blur and aberrations caused by high powered single lenses. Because they require a close working distance, they are usually used with one eye (monocular).

Prismatic Eyeglasses

Prismatic Eyeglasses

Prismatic eyeglasses can be single or double lens systems and incorporate prism to allow the two eyes to work together.  They are useful for patients whose eyes are approximately equal in vision and do not require high magnification.

Vision Vitamins

The Science of Vision Vitamins

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a disease that currently affects approximately 1.75 million people and is expected to increase to 3 million by the year 2020. The National Institutes of Health has dedicated vast resources to study the causes and preventative measures possible to help manage AMD. THE NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH have demonstrated with two scientific studies (AREDS I & II) that nutritional supplements can slow down, stop or even prevent age related macular degeneration. Numerous other studies, including the Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation trial (LAST), have demonstrated visual improvement in patients taking specific high-dose supplements that include lutein, zeaxanthin and omega 3 fatty acids from fish oil.

Features and Benefits

You will benefit from our patented, pharmaceutical-grade ingredients used at high, therapeutic levels to provide powerful support for your vision and retinal health. Macula Therapy Formula™ utilizes a blend of antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids and fish oil that will deliver the micronutrients needed by your macula. Our enteric coated fish oil bypasses your stomach and is absorbed into the intestinal wall. You will be able to finally enjoy the benefits of fish oil without the G.I. disturbances.

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