Low Vision Services offering the most advanced devices

The Low Vision Clinic at Bennett Optometry specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Low Vision Conditions. We offer the most advanced devices to enhance and improve sight. Our team works closely with low vision companies and participates in their studies of new technology. We provide training and education on low vision devices, vitamin supplements and new developments in low vision treatments.

Conditions like Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, and Cataracts can cause visual problems that ordinary glasses or contact lenses cannot correct. Help is available. Following a complete eye examination and treatment of any underlying disease or condition causing the decrease in vision, a thorough Low Vision Evaluation can be conducted. During this examination close attention is given to the effects of decreased vision on the patient's lifestyle and a plan is designed to best meet the patient's needs and goals. We believe in a team approach and work closely with all your doctors to help our patients achieve greater independence.

With appropriate devices and training, patients with low vision can learn to use their remaining vision to its full potential so that they can live as independently as possible.

Some of the more common conditions which could lead to low vision include:

  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD). A disease which progressively decreases central vision. ARMD is the leading cause of severe vision loss in persons over age 50 and is second only to diabetes as the leading cause of legal blindness in the 45-to 64-year-old age group.
  • Aniridia. The failure of the iris to develop completely so that it is partially or fully absent. Various conditions often accompany aniridia such as extreme photophobia, decreased visual acuity, nystagmus, glaucoma, and cataracts.
  • Cataracts. Scarring or perforation from corneal ulceration is a major cause of legal blindness throughout the world.
  • Diabetes Mellitus. A chronic disorder characterized by a lack of insulin secretion and/or increased cellular resistance to insulin. The main ocular problems stem from changes in the blood vessels of the eye which may weaken, hemorrhage, and lead to retinal detachment. Diabetes mellitus is the leading cause of legal blindness in the United States.
  • Glaucoma. A group of ocular diseases with various causes in which there is an increase in the intraocular pressure (IOP) beyond what the eye can tolerate. This leads to structural and functional changes to ocular tissues and progressive loss of vision. Glaucoma is the third most common cause of legal blindness in the United States.
  • Keratoconus. A developmental or dystrophic deformity of the cornea in which it becomes cone-shaped, due to a thinning and stretching of the tissue in its central area. Keratoconus usually manifests itself during puberty, is usually bilateral, and is more common in women than men.
  • Retinal Detachment. A condition where the retina is separated from its supporting tissues. Thus, the retina receives no nourishment and a blind area develops in the field of vision corresponding to the area of detachment. Retinal detachment can result from trauma as well as from some types of ocular and systemic diseases.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa. A group of inherited retinal pigmentary degenerations. Night blindness and a gradual constriction of the field of view is the result, often accompanied by photophobia. Cataracts and glaucoma can be secondary complications as well.
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity. A condition often seen in premature infants and occasionally full-term infants who received oxygen therapy. When an infant receives high levels of oxygen in the incubator, the retinal vascular system fails to develop normally and this can lead to a loss of vision.

The Low Vision Clinic is located in theTraver Village Shopping Center at 2623 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105. You can reach us at 734-930-2373.
Monday and Thursday 9-8
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9-5:30
Saturday 9 am - 1 pm, closed one Saturday a month
Sunday Closed

Dr. Steven I. Bennett, F.A.A.O., Low Vision Consultant
Heather Kolessar, Low Vision Coordinator

More information can be found at the Low Vision Clinic website.

Low Vision Resources:

Low Vision Information Center: www.lowvisioninfo.org
Low Vision Gateway: www.lowvision.org
The Macular Degeneration Help Center: www.amd.org

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