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Low Vision Optometrist In Oak Bluff, Manitoba

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A Low Vision Optometrist Can Help

We frequently hear our patients say "our previous Retinologist or Ophthalmologist said that there was nothing further that can be done.” Unfortunately, this is a common misconception.

Your Ophthalmologist or Retinologist is focused on the medical aspect of your eye condition. While not all patients can be helped with Low Vision aids, most patients that we fit with custom optics or other Low Vision devices experience a profound improvement in their everyday quality of life.

Low Vision Optometry is a highly technical area of optometry which requires extensive training and education. Members of The IALVS have spent years developing advanced solutions which maximize the usefulness and effectiveness of remaining vision.

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Regain Your Independence

One of the hardest realities of living with low vision is the need to constantly rely on others. Transitioning to a lifestyle of dependency is traumatic both for the person with low vision, as well as their families. Many times the spouse or child will be left to run errands, drive the patient around, cook and clean and much more. 

Low vision aids may give the patient the freedom to perform the tasks they need and regain their self-sufficiency. 

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Low Vision Optometrists Redefine Vision Loss

Low vision eye doctors are members of the International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists, a professional organization dedicated to enabling low vision patients access to the optical and digital technology that will transform their life. The staff at The Low Vision Center at Family Optical is passionate about low vision care and making a difference in our communities. 

40 Years Of Helping People With Vision Loss

What Is Low Vision?

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:

  • Driving
  • Using the computer
  • Watching television
  • Recognizing Faces
  • Reading
  • Writing

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.

What Is A Low Vision Exam?

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:

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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. 

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When Should I Visit A Low Vision Optometrist?

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.

How Can A Low Vision Optometrist Help?

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.

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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.

There Is Hope For People With Vision Loss!

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 Oak Bluff, Grande Pointe, Lorette, and Oakbank to enjoy life after vision loss using a variety of Low Vision aids and devices. 

Meet Our Low Vision Optometrist

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Dr. Colleen Mulhall graduated from the University of Waterloo optometry program in 2017. During her studies, she united her love of travel and healthcare and journeyed to Utah (USA), Malawi (Africa), all over the island of Jamaica and to the tiny mill town of Port Alberni, British Columbia. In her...

How To Deal With Low Vision: Low Vision Aids

A Low Vision aid is any tool or device that can help a person with vision loss engage in the tasks that they enjoy.

The Latest Technology

There have been major improvements in the optical design and development of Low Vision telescopes, microscope glasses, filters, and prisms. Furthermore, a range of digital devices have been created to significantly boost the ability of a Low Vision sufferer to function. These include IRISVISION, ORCAM, ESIGHT and CCTV stands, as well as portable digital magnifiers. 

Because of the large range of options, it is important to speak with a Low Vision optometrist who will help you navigate the options and help you find the right solution for your specific needs. The Low Vision Center at Family Optical is the preferred provider of Low Vision aids for patients from Oak Bluff, Grande Pointe, Lorette, and Oakbank.

Low Vision Telescope Glasses

Custom Aid And Device Fitting

One of the most important Low Vision tools in our arsenal is Telescope Glasses. Dr. Colleen Mulhall can fit the patient various custom designed full diameter, bioptic and reading telescopic glasses.  

Low Vision telescope, microscope, prism and filter glasses are custom designed with the patient's refractive prescription for best acuity. They are tailor-made for the patients' desired tasks — as mentioned on their wish list. These glasses have helped thousands of low vision patients regain their independence and improve their quality of life. Driving, playing poker, reading, doing hand work and cooking have all been facilitated using low vision glasses. 

Been Told There Is Nothing That Can Be Done?

We Can Help!

A common statement we hear from our patients is "Our previous Retinologist or Ophthalmologist said that there was nothing further that can be done.” Unfortunately, this is a common misconception.

Low Vision Optometry is a highly technical area of optometry which requires extensive training and education. Members of The IALVS have spent years developing advanced solutions which maximize the usefulness and effectiveness of remaining vision.

Your Ophthalmologist or Retinologist is focused on the medical aspect of your eye condition. While not all patients can be helped with Low Vision aids, most patients that we fit with custom optics or other Low Vision devices experience a profound improvement in their everyday quality of life.

Eye Disease And Vision Loss

What Diseases Cause Low Vision?

Low Vision results when an eye disease or other cause reduces your vision, even with refractive correction, and does not allow you to do those tasks you need or want to do. Some of the eye diseases and conditions that typically cause low vision are:

  • Macular Degeneration (wet or dry)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration - Stargardt’s Disease/Best Disease/Juvenile Retinoschisis
  • Glaucoma
  • Stroke-Hemianopsia
  • Albinism and other vision-limiting diseases
  • Achromatopsia
  • Cataracts
  • Macular hole
  • Optic Atrophy
  • Nystagmus
  • Pathological Myopia
  • Rod Cone Dystrophy
  • Fuchs Dystrophy
  • Histoplasmosis Retinopathy
Preventative Eye Exams: Early Detection Is Essential

Preventing Vision Loss

If you're at risk of developing a sight-threatening eye condition, it's important to undergo an annual eye exam. Advanced age is the biggest risk factor in developing Low Vision. Other factors include diabetes, smoking, and sunlight.

Early detection and appropriate intervention and care may be able to slow down or even stop vision loss. If you notice ANY of the following symptoms, schedule an eye exam immediately!

  • Sudden deterioration or loss of vision
  • Distortion in images
  • Blind spots in your field of view
Driving Laws For Telescope Glasses In Manitoba

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.

Low Vision Diseases And Other Conditions

We help patients with a variety of low vision eye diseases such as Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Glaucoma, and Cataracts. Visit our low vision eye diseases page to learn more.

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

BIOPTIC LENSES

Serving Patients From:

Oak Bluff | Grande Pointe | Lorette | Oakbank | and throughout Manitoba

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