Mack Despard is our new intern here at Ocutech and we are very excited to have him on the team. Visually impaired himself, Mack provides personal insight to living with low vision. Mack uses his Ocutech bioptics every day and without them, would not be able to drive. Because low vision devices can dramatically improve quality of life and independence, Mack is eager to share his stories and experiences in hopes of helping others living... READ MORE.
Ocutech would like to thank Briarna for sharing her story with Stargardt’s and how she gained her independence back with dedicated parents, doctors and Ocutech bioptics! I always get asked, “What do you mean you’re blind, you look so normal?” Most people find it difficult to comprehend that you can look normal but be partially sighted. We are taught there are three types of vision: perfect vision, vision that requires correction with glasses or completely... READ MORE.
Hello from Ocutech! It’s been a while since we have had a chance to post and we are excited to get back into sharing stories about low vision patients from around the world. In this interview, we touch on several of aspects of Patrick’s life including how his parents raised him to look past his eye condition and embrace the world for everything it has to offer. We discuss wearing assistive devices in public and... READ MORE.
Mr. Bill Feimster, drafted just as he turned 18 to serve in the Philippines during WWII, came back to North Carolina to marry the woman he called “the most beautiful girl in the world.” He became a mechanic and was happily married for 54 years. Unfortunately, Bill developed macular degeneration losing most of the vision in his right eye. With modern medical treatment he has been able to keep enough vision in his left eye... READ MORE.
If you haven’t heard the news, Ocutech released its newest and highly anticipated VES-Falcon Autofocus Bioptic at the end of 2018. It is the only autofocusing bioptic in the world and the closest thing to magnified natural vision. Because of high demand and limited supply, only a handful of low vision patients have been able to purchase the Falcon. Pastor Robert Parrish of Raleigh, NC is one of those individuals recently fitted with the VES-Falcon... READ MORE.
To Ocutech: I have been using my VES-Sport 6X bioptic glasses for a few weeks now. With them I can: Recognize people without standing uncomfortably close to them. Read the prices on the top or bottom shelves in a store. Read the name tags on the pizza buffet pizzas, and know what kind of pizza I have before biting into it. (Very important). Read the name on my file folders without removing them from the... READ MORE.
My name is Alyssa. I am 22 years old, and I was born with a genetic condition known as Albinism. This genetic disorder usually causes a lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes and is always linked with some degree of visual impairment. I have one of the more severe cases making my uncorrected vision 20/400. This is well beyond the threshold that is considered legally blind which is 20/200. Ocutech, a company... READ MORE.
Tim Goetz Call it “Opportunity by Ocutech” It’s Thanksgiving 2017, and I’m sitting here at work thinking over the last 20 odd years. Yes, I can’t believe it either, but it was actually autumn of 1996 when I received my first bioptic device from Ocutech. I was married, had a son, and living mostly in the cash economy of a disability check, when my back gave out. The doctor said no physical labor for a... READ MORE.
After migrating to the United States, Karina was an intern for the Braille Institute of America. Currently, she works as a full-time receptionist and uses her bioptic daily for clerical tasks that require a significant amount of reading. Karina prefers her Ocutech bioptics over other devices such as hand-held magnifiers because of the versatility and efficiency that comes with the ability to seamlessly move between viewing an object up-close and at a distance, such as reading a book and then looking up at a computer screen.... READ MORE.
In August of 2003 (while pregnant with my son Micah), I was diagnosed with Pseudotumor Cerebri/Intracranial Hypertension. Basically, spinal fluid leaks into my brain and causes too much pressure (severe headaches that make migraines feel like a walk in the park). The fluid damaged my optic nerves and macula, leaving me legally blind .... READ MORE.