Low Vision Management and Care

Our goal is to help maximize vision with the use of digital devices, bioptics, magnifiers, high powered lenses and other low vision aids so that individuals with low vision can more easily function at home, work and play.

What is Low Vision?
Low vision is a reduction in vision that can not be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, or surgery and is usually caused by a disease process or injury to the eye. A person with low vision will generally have vision correctable to 20/70 or less in the better of the two eyes. A person with low vision can be any age.  While the vision is reduced, many people with low vision have useful remaining vision that may not be adequate enough to read, watch television, drive or perform their daily activities.
The Low Vision Examination
The doctors and staff at Rothbloom Eye Care will obtain an extensive medical health and functional history to determine what areas of vision you are having difficulty with, such as reading, computer-use, school and work related tasks, peripheral vision, driving and other visually demanding tasks. The doctors will perform a low vision refraction to determine the best spectacle prescription for you and will prescribe glasses or contact lenses if the doctors feel that you will benefit. Based on the findings and your goals, your doctor will determine the best low vision devices to help you achieve your goals. This can be for reading, computer use, watching television, driving, widening the field of vision, school work, as well as filters and different colored lenses to help with glare and light sensitivity issues. Our doctors will perform a comprehensive ocular health assessment to determine if further treatment or a referral is necessary to treat your eye condition and to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
The Low Vision Refraction
Technology has advanced to allow us to correct your vision to a higher level of precision than ever before. Patient’s with vision currently correctable to 20/150 or better may see an improvement in visual acuity with a low vision refraction. Conventional forms of determining a prescription using a standard phoropter only allow for limited patient responses when determining the need for a new prescription. Utilizing the Marco Epic 5100 Refractive System your doctor may be able to improve your prescription thereby improving your ability to see. The low vision refraction is the most important part of the low vision assessment. Up to 75% of low vision patients see an improvement in visual acuity with a change in prescription.
Bioptic Telescopes for Driving

Patients with reduced vision from 20/70 to 20/200 in the better of the two eyes are able to obtain a driver’s license in the state of Georgia for driving a passenger vehicle with the use of a bioptic telescope. Many people who thought they were unable to drive due to reduced vision may actually be candidates for a bioptic telescope. Bioptic telescope evaluations are part of the low vision evaluation.

We use Ocutech Telescopic Low Vision Aids  as one of the main forms of bioptic driving devices for eligible visually impaired patients to obtain a drivers licence and be a safe driver. Visit www.ocutech.com/driving-with-bioptics/ to learn more about Ocutech and driving with a bioptic.

Eye Conditions That Can Benefit From Low Vision Care
  • Achromatopsia
  • Albinism
  • Diabetic Vision Loss
  • Double Vision
  • Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Nystagmus
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • RLF (Retinopathy of Prematurity)
  • Rode-Cone Dystrophy
  • Stargardt’s Maculopathy

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Smyrna, GA  30080

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