Dr. Randolph Kinkade, optometrist and founding member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, announces the expanded version of Guide for Macular Degeneration Eyeglasses: Low Vision Treatment.
The book has been written for those suffering from macular degeneration and their doctors. “The biggest challenge for helping people is they have no idea these special glasses exist”, said Dr. Kinkade.
For reading and writing there are Prismatic Magnifying Readers (PMRs), Spectacle Miniature Telescopes (SMTs) and ClearImage II Reading Microscopes. They provide higher magnification than regular eyeglasses, often making reading easier.
A person is considered to have “low vision” when they experience a reduction in eyesight that cannot be corrected by regular glasses, surgery or medication. Unless treated, low vision interferes with the many visually-guided tasks we perform every day.
For seeing better in the distance (5 feet and beyond), like watching television, driving and seeing people’s faces, new E-Scoop Glasses and Spectacle Miniature Telescopes (SMTs) are available.
Many eye doctors are not fully aware of all the high-power magnification eyeglass options that are available for their patients. “If their patients are willing to learn new ways of seeing, these glasses will help”, said Dr. Kinkade. “The glasses cannot make vision perfect, but the vision is definitely better. A lot depends on the level of vision loss, what the patient wants to see and do, and their ability to adapt to new ways of seeing.”
The book was written to increase public awareness regarding the many eyeglass options that are available for those who have been told “sorry there is nothing more I can do for you”.
Electronic copies of the book have been distributed to as far away as Singapore and Australia. Hard copies are being placed in the waiting rooms of retina specialists and other eye doctor’s in Connecticut.
The electronic version contains links to videos, television interviews, websites, and a low vision blog. Dr. Kinkade updates the book as technology advances and as more patients gain successes.
Dr. Kinkade’s book can be downloaded for free from his website LowVisionEyeglasses. The book can also be downloaded from Vision Dynamics, a store selling electronic magnification tools and assistive products for those with macular degeneration.
To see if you or someone you know can benefit from low vision eyeglasses please call Dr. Kinkade at (800) 756-0766. He has offices throughout Connecticut.