With Telescopes, our eye doctor is able to incorporate a patients glasses prescription to help them see as well as their eyes will let them see.
Telescopes help low vision patients maintain their independence and life style. They can drive and walk around with a bioptic telescope. They can sit in their favorite chair and watch TV and see their grand kids faces with telescopes. They can sit in their favorite chair and wear reading telescopes.
The 3 most common goals my low vision patients want to be able to do is;
1. See Faces and TV better.
2. To be able to read again.
3. Continue driving, and see things at a distance as a passenger in a car.
While there are other products to assist low vision patients such as handheld magnifiers and digital magnifiers, they all have serious setbacks in usability. Telescopic glasses enable a patient to perform multiple tasks, in various settings, all while remaining hands free. When it comes to quality of life, there is no replacement for the freedom and versatility of telescope glasses.
These are special glasses to bridge the gap between regular glasses and telescopes. They work well for mild macular degeneration patients that glasses aren’t just strong enough, yet not quite in need of telescopes. With macular degeneration patients, their central vision is effected. Usually, their peripheral vision is intact. The concept of the E Scoops is that they use prisms to shift the image away from the macula onto a healthier part of the retina.
There are 5 main components to the E Scoop lenses:
- Lens Thickness. (magnifies image some) not as much as a telescope, but more that regular glasses.
- Prisms. Yoked prisms (up or down depending on patient need)
- Reflection Free Lenses (cut down on glare)
- Yellow or Amber tint (cuts down glare, even at night time)
- Base Curve of Lens