What is a Low Vision Optometrist

Low vision eye doctors are experts in conducting low vision examinations and in formulating plans to maximize remaining vision. By prescribing interventions such as the use of special visual aids, assistive devices, and vision rehabilitation therapy, patients can resume many of their activities and continue to enjoy a high quality of life. In addition to optometric knowledge, they have a unique understanding of lenses, specialty glasses, and other optical tools used for visual impairments. Finally, they are well equipped to address the emotional challenges patients face from visual impairment


Low vision patients are sometimes told by eye doctors that there is nothing that can be done to help them. With proper treatment many patients are able to partake in activities that they never thought they would be capable of doing again. With proper treatment, they are able to enjoy a higher quality of life.

Causes of Low Vision

The challenge with this condition is that patients are unable to recover their lost eyesight, and the standard interventions don’t work for them. Treatment utilizes a host of aids and devices to maximize remaining eyesight, as well as comprehensive rehabilitation therapy which instructs the person in strategies for using their eyesight most effectively. 

There are many types of eye disease and medical conditions that cause this condition. They include the following:

  • Diabetic retinopathy: These are diabetic-induced eye disorders that affect the retina and eyesight.
  • Glaucoma: This condition (common with diabetes) occurs from fluid build-up which damages the eyes. Left undetected or untreated, it can lead to blindness. Early detection and intervention are critical to prevent it from progressing.
  • Cataracts: A condition involving cloudiness of the lens. Can be corrected surgically.
  • Retinitis pigmentosa: A series of genetic eye disorders affecting eyesight
  • Age-related macular degeneration: This ocular condition involves damage to the retina's macula. Macular degeneration is more common among the elderly.
  • Injury to the optic nerve: A traumatic injury can sometimes lead to visual deficiency.
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What Can A Low Vision Eye Doctor Do for Me?

A low vision optometrist is trained to perform an eye evaluation to detect the condition, and to diagnose and treat it with various aids and interventions, which enable the person to utilize their remaining eyesight most effectively. This includes the use of rehabilitation therapy to learn how to maximize remaining eyesight

  • Prismatic glasses: These are sometimes referred to as high-powered reading glasses. 
  • Microscopic glasses: These are good for up-close work or reading.
  • Bioptic telescopes: Worn like spectacles, they improve the ability to see at a distance, and in certain U.S. states people are able to continue to legally drive a vehicle.
  • Magnifiers: These range from standard hand-held versions to more powerful ones with fixed stands.

CCTV: An electronic magnification device that projects images onto a monitor for enhanced magnification levels.

Consulting A Low Vision Optometrist

Low vision optometrists have specialized knowledge and experience in conducting eye examinations, treating people with this condition, and in managing concerns and uncertainties about their condition. Their expertise in aids and other interventions  such as specialty glasses, magnifiers, telescopic devices, and rehabilitation therapy is crucial for helping patients learn to use their remaining eyesight most effectively. 

A primary function of a low vision optometrist is to help people resume a normal life where they can perform everyday tasks.  If you or someone you know has the condition, contact our low vision optometrist to find out more.

Consulting A Low Vision Optometrist
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What is a Low Vision Optometrist

Low vision eye doctors are experts in conducting low vision examinations and in formulating plans to maximize remaining vision. 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!!!

Alice M.
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