Microscopes for Low Vision

Microscope eyeglasses utilize a double lens system to combine a patient’s standard eyeglass prescription with additional magnification to accommodate for their low vision.

Microscopes for Low Vision in Hixson

What are Microscopes for Low Vision?

Microscope glasses utilize a double lens system to provide a low vision patient with vision correction in addition to whatever prescription they had prior to them suffering from low vision.

The lenses in these glasses are piggybacked to reduce the blur which staring through two high powered lenses at once can otherwise cause. Additionally, because they are primarily used for short distance vision, microscope glasses are usually monocular (used with one eye). In most cases, this is the patient’s stronger eye.

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How Do Microscopes Help Low Vision Patients?

Microscopes are a great tool to help low vision patients have the vision aid they need to accommodate for without them needing to wear an additional device for any vision correction required prior to the onset of their low vision symptoms. This works by redirecting the light entering the eye away from the damaged area and toward areas that are still properly working.

Drawbacks of Microscopes for Low Vision

While they do their job well, microscope glasses do have some limitations. Due to the fact that they reduce the patient’s visual field, it may be necessary to hold the object, such as a book, at a specific closer distance to get the best possible assistance from them.


Drawbacks of Microscopes for Low Vision
How Do I Get Microscopes for Low Vision?

How Do I Get Microscopes for Low Vision?

As with other low vision devices, microscope glasses should be prescribed by a low vision doctor following a comprehensive eye exam, to make sure that you get microscopes with the right strength and design to provide you with the most benefit.

How Do I Get Microscopes for Low Vision?

Types of Microscopes for Low Vision

There are several different designs for low vision microscopes, which provide varying cosmetic and functional options. Based on your individual needs, the low vision doctor will be able to recommend types of microscopes or specific brands which would work best for you.

These include:

Bifocal microscopes: These are a microscopic lens system that is designed to be used in a bifocal form. These are great for people who need to regularly switch between near and distance vision. Additionally, the patient’s distance prescription can be incorporated into the lenses, along with a colored tint for patients with light sensitivity.

Full Diameter Microscopes: Full diameter microscopes are meant for near vision use only, and are fairly easy for a patient to learn to use. While the working distance for this microscope type is short, it has a high depth of focus, allowing the wearer to have great focusing flexibility.

Telephoto Microscopes: Telephoto microscopes allow patients to read from a greater distance than other comparable systems, and provides a very wide, clear, and distortion free field of vision.

HighPower Microscopes: These are more made to be more aesthetically appealing for low vision patients in need of increased magnification.

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Microscopes are a useful low vision device that allows the patient to get magnification to assist their low vision while also retaining whatever corrective prescription they needed beforehand, all with a single device. If you are experiencing low vision, and think microscope glasses could be a fit for you, you can contact Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga at (423) 710 3965 to schedule an appointment for a consultation. Patients with low vision visit our clinic from all over Tennessee, and we are proud to be a leading provider of low vision services for patients from Hixson, Chattanooga, Cleveland, and Middle Valley.

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Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

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