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Getting Your Life Back With Low Vision Glasses In Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Low Vision doesn’t have to rob you of the things you enjoy, such as watching TV, reading, writing, driving, socializing, or simply playing with your grandchildren. If Low Vision has affected you or someone you love, Low Vision aids or devices can help!

Man Wearing Bioptic Telescopes

Bioptic Telescopic Glasses

Watch this video to learn how Bioptic telescopic glasses work.

Bioptic telescopic glasses are one of the most popular Low Vision glasses. They are designed as miniature binoculars above your line of sight in your eyeglasses. Simply lowering your chin slightly allows you to access the magnification needed to see objects.

  • How Do Bioptic Telescopic Lenses Work?

    They work by providing visual magnification and widening the visual field. The higher the size of the telescope, the wider the range of view. The power of the telescope ranges from two to four times magnification. Telescopes at 4x magnification allow the patient to adjust the lens power as needed based on distance.

    When fitting Bioptic Telescopic glasses, Dr. Wendy A. Waguespack can incorporate your existing prescription. The glasses that hold the telescope, known as the carrier lens, will be set at the same refraction as the patient’s regular glasses for vision at shorter distances. To see objects further out, all the patient needs to do is to tilt his or her head down a bit to look through the telescope.

  • Bioptic Telescopic Lenses

    The Bioptic Telescopic lens technology vastly outperforms alternative, less functional devices such as handheld and digital magnifiers. When it comes to improving quality of life, Bioptic Telescopic Lenses offer unmatched versatility and visual functionality.

Woman Wearing E-Scoop Glasses

E-Scoop Glasses

E-Scoop Glasses are ideal for compensating for Low Vision arising from Macular Degeneration. These glasses are specially designed to bridge the gap between regular glasses and telescopes. The glasses feature five basic components, including:

  • Lens Thickness — provides more magnification than regular glasses but less than telescopes
  • Prisms —  adjustable strengths based on the patient’s needs
  • Reflection-Free Lenses (tints) — reduces glare
  • Yellow or Amber tint—reduces high-contrast glare such as nighttime glare
  • Base Curve of Lens

These five components are combined into the E-Scoop lens. They work seamlessly to create an enhanced image shifted to another part of the macula. This allows the patient to enhance their vision. 

At the , we have seen that many Low Vision patients choose the E-Scoop glasses over other devices, as they look and feel more like regular glasses. 

Man Wearing Full Diameter Telescopes

Full-Diameter Telescopes

Full-diameter telescopes are designed for distance tasks and activities. Instead of a small bioptic lens on top of the glasses, this device covers the entire lens and acts almost as a binocular.

Full-diameter telescopes are suited for tasks where the wearer is mostly still and doesn’t need to move around. This includes:

  • going to the theater
  • recognizing people's faces
  • watching TV
  • viewing a sporting event
  • any other vision activity that doesn’t require moving around

The full-diameter telescopes work best when viewing items that are between 10 and 15 feet away. These telescopes should not be used while walking.

Woman Wearing TeleMicroscope glasses

Tele-Microscope Glasses

Tele-microscope glasses are helpful for mid-range and distance viewing. With this Low Vision aid, everything in your path will appear larger and easier to view. They are suited for activities such as:

  • watching TV
  • sporting events
  • household chores

Tele-microscope glasses feature a seamless combination of two or three lenses, separated by a small gap of air. The telescope works by increasing the visual size of an image or object being viewed. They are also referred to as binocular telescopes.

Woman Wearing Prismatic Reading Glasses

Prismatic Reading Glasses

Prismatic reading glasses are essentially extra strong reading glasses. Prismatic reading glasses feature optical quality spherical lenses that simultaneously magnify and converge the image and are primarily useful as a reading aid.

Additionally, when worn for extended periods, the glasses can help reduce eye fatigue. The prismatic reading glasses help improve convergence and minimize eye strain. If you need help with reading, our Low Vision specialist will fit the right prismatic reading glasses for you.

Older Woman Side Vision Awareness Glasses

Side-Vision Awareness Glasses

Side-Vision Awareness Glasses (SVAG) was designed to assist people suffering from side vision loss or hemianopsia. It is an effective optical field expansion device that helps patients that are missing part of their visual field to expand their awareness of objects in their path. In other words, these lenses enhance peripheral vision.

SVAG feature a higher ABBE value. This helps to reduce distracting color aberrations experienced with other lenses.  These glasses are more aesthetic and are well suited for walking, reading, and recognizing faces. Furthermore, many patients have successfully used these to drive.

Man Wearing Absorptive Lenses, Standing With His Wife

Absorptive Lenses

Many Low Vision patients find it difficult to cope with excess light and glare, which reduces visual capacity. Absorptive Lenses are usually worn on top of prescription glasses to reduce glare, eliminate harmful UV rays, heighten visual contrast, and control the transition between light and dark environments.

By regulating the quantity of light transmitted to your eye, absorptive lenses enhance visual comfort and safety. 

Man Wearing IrisVision

IrisVision

IrisVision is an affordable and effective tool for overcoming the challenges of Macular Degeneration. This wearable device features advanced virtual reality technology and provides up to 70-degree field of view.

IrisVision, which allows patients to see the world more clearly and fully, comes with multiple view modes. Patients can use “TV Mode” to watch television and “Reading Mode” for reading text. For general viewing, the patient can simply switch to “Scene Mode”.

Man Wearing OrCam

OrCam

OrCam is a groundbreaking device that changes how people with Low Vision can view the world. It is a tiny device that can be clipped to your eyeglasses, and features a camera, speaker and a cable connected to a larger device. Thanks to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) software, the device can read or announce information the camera interprets, and thus helps the wearer read text, identify products, recognize faces, and so much more.

What Is Low Vision?

Low Vision refers to visual impairments which cannot be corrected using traditional eye correction techniques such as standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery. It can result from eye injury, eye conditions such as macular degeneration, or other factors, such as advanced age. Having Low Vision means it is difficult—if not impossible— for patients to perform everyday ordinary activities such as driving or even reading. All too often, patients are told that nothing can be done, resulting in hopelessness.

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

What Are Low Vision Aids?

Low Vision glasses can help restore your independence. At Dr. Wendy Waguespack and Associates Low Vision Center, we custom fit state-of-the-art devices that improve visual functionality for patients suffering from Low Vision. Whether you are unable to read, recognize faces, drive, or simply go about your daily life, a Low Vision Aid can drastically improve your quality of life for the better.

Low Vision aids and devices help you visually circumvent the day-to-day challenges resulting from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and retinitis pigmentosa. The success of these devices is well-documented, which you or your loved one will be able to see for themselves.

By using these innovative vision aids, such as magnifiers, glasses, and other technologies, Dr. Wendy A. Waguespack of Dr. Wendy Waguespack and Associates Low Vision Center can help patients, both young and old overcome the limitations of Low Vision.

How Do Low Vision Glasses And Aids Work?

Low Vision glasses and devices work by utilizing and maximizing whatever vision remains. By significantly enhancing and directing the vision you still have, Low Vision glasses, aids or devices allow the wearer to regain the specific vision functions that have been lost. Low Vision glasses and devices come in a wide range of designs and powers.

They range from simple handheld magnifying lenses to advanced electronic device to state-of-the-art telescope glasses and more. Dr. Wendy A. Waguespack will ensure that the recommendations are personalized to meet your specific condition as well as lifestyle needs and diverse visual requirements. Our low vision doctor helps patients from Baton Rouge, Gonzales , Lafayette, Lake Charles, and the state of Louisiana find the ideal low vision devices for their needs. 

What Low Vision Aids Do You Need?

Most Low Vision devices are categorized as either optical, electronic, or non-optical. Each device type is geared towards different visual tasks.

At Dr. Wendy Waguespack and Associates Low Vision Center,  Dr. Wendy A. Waguespack will assess the severity and specific limitations arising from your Low Vision condition, after which you will be scheduled for a 60 - 90 minute Low Vision Evaluation. This helps determine the severity of your vision loss, the affected parts of your visual field and whether it’s central or peripheral. Dr. Wendy A. Waguespack will then recommend a suitable Low Vision aid or device.

 

Other Low Vision Aids

Man using handheld magnifier for low vision

Man using magnifier to help with Low Vision

Computer Software For The Visually Impaired

Nowadays, computers are essential in how we communicate, acquire information, and engage with the world. However, those suffering from Low Vision struggle to read from computer screens.

Fortunately, there are advanced programs designed for Low Vision and the Visually Impaired which adjust the visual output of the computer to compensate for these problems. Low Vision software includes JAWS Screen Reader and MaxiAids, among others.

Video/Digital Magnifiers/CCTV

Also referred to as closed-circuit television (CCTV), video magnifiers make use of a handheld or stand-mounted camera to enlarge and project an image onto a screen. These video magnifiers often feature cameras which include zoom lenses. Video magnifiers can also be useful in distinguishing colors, such as maps, color photographs, and so forth.

The CCTV consist of a camera, viewing screen or monitor, mount arm for the camera, and lenses for zooming. Viewing modes with color, lighting, and contrast provides improved vision.  

By making use of the CCTV, patients can carry out various tasks such as reading books, writing, playing a crossword puzzle, connectivity to a computer and so forth. When you visit our eye care facility, our Low Vision doctor, Dr. Wendy A. Waguespack, will recommend the suitable CCTV for you.

Handheld Magnifiers

Handheld magnifiers are portable devices that help to magnify objects by 1.5x – 20x. One can conveniently tuck the magnifier into your pocket or purse. Some feature battery-powered lights.

Handheld magnifiers can help Low Visions patients to enhance their reading and viewing ability.

Stand Magnifiers

The stand magnifier is a plus lens mounted on a stand. The lens magnifies objects by 2x-20x. The majority of stand magnifiers now feature built-in lights that provide excellent illumination. Stand magnifiers are an excellent option for reading.

Get Your Life Back.

Contact Us For Low Vision Glasses, Aids And Devices In Louisiana

Dr. Wendy Waguespack and Associates Low Vision Center provides patients situated in Louisiana with Low Vision aids and devices that can drastically improve the ability to engage in daily tasks and activities. Contact us to discuss your options for reclaiming your vision and your life.

Serving Patients From:

Baton Rouge | Gonzales | Lafayette | Lake Charles | and the state of Louisiana

  • Customized E-Scoop glasses are designed for people with early stages of vision loss. These glasses combine 5 different optical characteristics, allowing you or your loved ones use their remaining vision to drive, read, use the computer and much more.  
  • IrisVision is a visual aid device which uses virtual reality. It can be used on a smartphone (the Samsung Galaxy S7) and the innovative and lightweight head set (the Gear VR). IrisVision allows you to do all the things you would do with a low vision aid, and so much more.