Low Vision Care In Washington State
Serving Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, Vancouver, Gig Harbor, Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Mercer Island, and Mount Vernon Washington.
Regain Your Independence With Telescope Glasses and Aids For The Visually Impaired
When a patient is faced with vision loss from diseases like macular degeneration, Stargardt, diabetes, and stroke-related vision loss, they are faced with a massive emotional burden. In many cases, the patient walks into our practice thinking there is nothing that can be done to help their vision. A low vision optometrists job is to show the patient that there is hope! Most patients can be fitted with the right low vision aids and telescopes to help them drive, read, regain mobility, recognize faces, sew, watch television and much much more. The relief of these patients when they are able to regain their independence is what keeps us coming back every day.
Common Questions About Vision Loss
As one of the only Low Vision Doctors in the state of Washington, Dr. Cusic often finds patients asking the following questions.
Custom made a telescope and bioptic glasses are the gold standards for many patients with central vision loss. Each pair of glasses is created to allow for a specific task. Bioptics are for driving and mobility while near and far telescopes glasses can be made for things like reading and watching television. The telescopes are fitted on your existing pair of frames, allowing for magnification, contrast control, without the need to hold a magnifier or lug around special tools.
Research shows that vitamins are helpful for reducing the severity of macular degeneration. Our goal is to provide every patient with the latest research-based care, including recommending specific nutrition supplements such as the AREDS2 formula based on the groundbreaking research by the National Eye Institute.
At Optical Images we understand that low vision aids and telescope glasses are a significant expense. We accept cash, personal check, and all major credit cards. In addition, we offer no-interest and low-interest financing which can help with financing your purchase.
Below is a list of some of the more common diseases that lead to vision loss.
- Optic Atrophy
- Macular Degeneration
- Rod Cone Dystrophy
- Retinitis Pigmentosa
- Stargardt’s Disease
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- Macular hole
- Pathological Myopia
- Fuchs Dystrophy
Low Vision is vision that after correction with glasses, contacts, or surgery does not allow you to perform tasks that you require to do. While commonly associated with aging, there are a few genetic conditions that cause low vision at a younger age as well.
The main aspect of a low vision exam that differs from a regular eye exam, is the focus on the patient's wishlist. The wishlist is a list of activities that the patient orders from most required to least. The idea is to show the patient that there is hope and that for their most important tasks there are low vision aids and low vision glasses that can help them.