[DISPLAY_ULTIMATE_SOCIAL_ICONS] Patti Fuhr, OD, PhD, FAAO Chief, Advanced Low Vision Section, Hefner VA Healthcare System, Salisbury, NC Henry Greene, OD, FAAO Co-founder, President, Ocutech, Inc., Professor and Director (retired), Low Vision Service, UNC Department of Ophthalmology, Chapel Hill, NC WHY? Distance vision supports both our social and environmental engagement. We use it to make eye contact, read body language, and feel connected to the world around us. Distance vision helps us to derive information from... READ MORE.
Technology designed for self-driving cars is now being applied to help low vision individuals see as close to normal as possible. A project, led by Ocutech, Inc. a developer of vision-enhancing devices for the visually impaired, in collaboration with the engineering firm Image Quality Labs and ESPROS Photonics AG, has created the world’s only self-focusing bioptic telescopes. Bioptic telescopes allow visually impaired individuals to magnify objects making them easier to see, similar to the use... READ MORE.
My first experience with the new 4x Falcon autofocus bioptic telescope brought tears to my eyes– tears of joy. It has been only a dream for so many years, for patients, and for prescribers, and now it’s here! It provides a seamless transition in focus from 13 inches to optical infinity and anywhere in between. Since it is an autofocus OPTICAL system, it feels like normal vision magnified through a telescope. It is much more natural than any of the head borne video magnification systems. The Falcon helps people feel more connected to the world beyond the limitations of their visual impairment. Also, it is astonishingly easy to fit and prescribe. The cost is very competitive to that of the head borne video systems, and it’s so much better! Ocutech continues to bring great advances in technology to the practice of low vision rehabilitation, concentrating on the so important area of distance vision enhancement.... READ MORE.