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Washington's Low Vision Doctor

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.

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Dr. Ross Cusic, OD

Founding Member Of The International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists

We Are In The Business Of Changing Lives

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.

What are Telescope Glasess and Bioptics?

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. 

Do Vitamins Help?

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. 

How Do I Pay For My Low Vision Glasses?

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.

What Are Diseases That Cause Low Vision?

Below is a list of some of the more common diseases that lead to vision loss. 

  • Cataracts
  • Optic Atrophy
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Rod Cone Dystrophy
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Stargardt’s Disease
  • Nystagmus
  • Glaucoma
  • Stroke-Hemianopsia
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Albinism 
  • Macular hole
  • Pathological Myopia
  • Fuchs Dystrophy
  • Achromatopsia
What is Low Vision?

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. 

How is a Low Vision Exam Different?

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. 

What Makes Our Low Vision Practice Unique?

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Driving With Low Vision

Driving with central vision loss from macular degeneration or other eye diseases can leave a patient despondent, as they now are forced to rely on their loved ones for simple mobility. Our low vision optometrist has extensive experience fitting patients with bioptic telescopes which in many cases can allow the patient to drive again with low vision.

Read this story of how our Low Vision Optometrist Helped a patient that was legally blind drive again.

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What Is A Low Vision Optometrist?

Dr. Ross Cusic is a low vision optometrist and member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists. As a low vision optometrist, he has a specific job helping the patient with visual impairment. He job is to assist the patient to navigate the myriad of options for low vision aids to help them maximize their remaining functional vision. As part of the process, Dr. Cusic asks the patient what activities they would like to be able to accomplish the most, such as driving, reading, use the computer, and helps the patient find the most suitable low vision aid for their desired tasks.

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Serving the State Of Washington With Low Vision Care

Our Low Vision Optometrist, Dr. Ross Cusic, provides the highest quality care for patients with visual impairment in Washington State. He sees patients from Bellingham, Olympia, Vancouver, Gig Harbor, Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands, Mercer Island, and Mount Vernon Washington.

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