Low Vision Optometrist In Winnipeg, Manitoba
40 Years Of Helping People With Vision Loss
Low Vision is a condition typically caused by eye disease, genetics, trauma, or other factors, and cannot be fully corrected vision using conventional glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery.
Some consider low vision to be less than 20/40 vision. Others consider it to be less than 20/70 vision. However, The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) define it as the inability to see well enough to do your daily tasks, even when wearing your glasses, contacts or following refractive surgery.
Low Vision patients are generally unable to perform basic tasks, such as:
- Using the computer
- Watching television
- Recognizing Faces
The burden of this loss of independence means that Low Vision not only robs the patient of functionality, but also leaves the patient mentally and emotionally devastated.
While commonly associated with seniors over the age of 60, Low Vision also affects children and adults of all ages. Age-Related Macular Degeneration is the most common cause for Low Vision in the US. However, patients from all over Manitoba visit for Low Vision care for a wide variety of conditions and diseases.
During your low vision eye exam, Dr. Colleen Mulhall will evaluate your vision, assess whether new regular glasses or contact lenses can provide an improvement, and discuss your wish list to provide the best solution to help you regain as much day to day functioning as possible.
Dr. Colleen Mulhall will recommend certain low vision aids or devices, depending on whether peripheral or central areas of your vision are affected. Dr. Richard Shuldiner, the founder of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists explains further:
Our patients are often moved to tears when they can get back to doing the things they love. We have shared some of our patient's experiences in order to show the dramatic life-changing nature of low vision care.
A Low Vision eye exam should be conducted as soon as you have been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition that could potentially lead to Low Vision. A Low Vision optometrist is on top of the latest research regarding slowing down the progression of vision loss, and should be visited as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one are experiencing visual impairment, call Dr. Colleen Mulhall, to discuss your concerns and learn of potential solutions.
A low vision optometrist fits the Low Vision patient with custom vision aids and devices, allowing him or her to maximize the use of their remaining vision in the most effective way possible. This provides them with the ability to perform everyday tasks, thus offering much-desired independence to the patient.
For example, A 65-year-old patient with Macular Degeneration wanted to go shopping and visit friends and family without feeling like a burden on others. Dr. Colleen Mulhall custom designed bioptic telescope glasses that enabled the patient to drive, read, and go shopping once again, without requiring the help of others.
How Can A Low Vision Eye Doctor Help Me?
Dr. Colleen Mulhall can help patients from all over Manitoba, with eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts, vision issues related to albinism, and more, to maximize their remaining vision to its full potential in order to recover and save vision functionality. This is done with the help of highly specialized Low Vision optics/glasses and other vision aids that help patients regain their independence.
Too many patients leave their ophthalmologist or retinologist thinking there is nothing left to be done but manage the disease to prevent further vision loss.
Dr. Colleen Mulhall can help patients with vision loss maximize their remaining vision using the latest devices and technology. All Low Vision doctors are members of the International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), the premier organization of Low Vision Optometrists.
For many people, proper use of a Low Vision device means being able to read, drive, sew, play cards, watch television, and use the computer—all of which would be impossible without these Low Vision aids. At the The Low Vision Center at Family Optical, we help patients from Winnipeg, Grande Pointe, Lorette, and Oak Bluff to enjoy life after vision loss using a variety of Low Vision aids and devices.
Meet Our Low Vision Optometrist
Did you know that most US states allow one to drive using bioptic telescopes?
Custom fit bioptic telescope glasses allow the driver to alternate between a normal view and a magnified view to read road signs and see traffic lights.
This is similar to using the side or rear view mirrors as needed for regular driving. The dedicated staff at The Low Vision Center at Family Optical have enabled countless patients in Manitoba to regain the ability to drive again.
There Is Hope For Families Of Low Vision Patients
If your father, mother, spouse or child is visually impaired, it can cause intense tension and strain at home. Your loved one suffering from Low Vision will likely be stressed, angry, or depressed about his or her condition and loss of independence. It is important to keep in mind the incredible stress that vision loss causes. As family members, you should encourage your loved ones to explore the possibilities that low vision care offers. Members of the IALVS use low vision glasses and devices during the low vision evaluation to show the patient how they can keep performing the desired tasks. If the patient does not want to speak with Dr. Colleen Mulhall, we encourage children or spouses to talk to our doctors to discuss how we can help.
Our Specialty Eye Care Devices
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