Low vision (sometimes called “partial sight” or “partial blindness”) is caused by serious eye conditions resulting in vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.
Dr. Bourgoin has extensive experience and a focused interest in Low Vision Optometry. He offers targeted treatment, resources and devices to help patients with impaired vision. Dr. Bourgoin educates patients on how to use their remaining vision more efficiently and successfully, including useful aids for ADL (Activities for Daily Living).
To learn more, call our office today at (949) 646-4949 or schedule your appointment online.
What is Low Vision?
Low vision refers to vision loss that cannot be corrected by medical or surgical treatments or conventional eyeglasses. Low vision can stem from a number of causes such as birth defects or injuries to the eye. Medical conditions such as diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration can result in low vision.
Patients with low vision may not be able to accomplish daily tasks, such as recognizing faces, reading, looking at pictures and completing personal grooming tasks.
Can Low Vision be Cured?
Low vision cannot be corrected via traditional methods such as contact lenses, glasses, surgery or medication. In fact, it is rare that vision can be restored in its entirety. However, a low vision optometrist can provide specific therapies to help those who have low vision enjoy a better quality of life.
How a Low Vision Optometrist Can Help
Many people who experience low vision first seek medical treatment to determine the cause of their condition. As a low vision optometrist, Dr. Bourgoin provides a comprehensive range of services and resources that go far beyond a diagnosis.
After a thorough examination and evaluation, the doctor provides recommendations with the goal of helping the patient learn to use the vision they have remaining in a more efficient and successful manner.
Helpful Resources for Low Vision
There are many resources and tools for patients with low vision, including:
- Desktop devices made specifically for low vision are designed with large screens that are also bright. Offering a range of magnifications, these devices provide features such as distance viewing, close-up viewing, and optional computer connectivity.
- Optical magnifying devices like hand magnifiers, stand magnifiers, and telescopes come in a range of magnification powers and designs. Dr. Bourgoin can help determine which power and device is best for you — allowing you to accomplish tasks that may not have been possible before.
- Portable magnifiers provide a flexible option for reading while on the go. With an adjustable magnification and lighting options, these magnifiers are lightweight, handheld and small enough to easily fit in a pocket or purse.
- Follow-up training with an occupational therapist who has experience with low vision can help teach patients new skills and/or modifications for particular tasks to help prevent accidents.
A low vision optometrist is a vital partner in the lives of patients with low vision. Working closely with a low vision optometrist can lead to a better and happier life.
Call our office today at (949) 646-4949 or schedule your appointment online!