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 our... READ MORE.
Dr. Chantal Overvliet, of the Oculus Vision Centre in Windhoek, is the sole optometrist providing low vision care in all of Namibia. After learning of the urgent needs of the 132 children at the country’s only school for the visually impaired, she and her business partner and Low Vision assistant, Michelle Opperman, created a non-profit project to provide high-level low vision testing and products to the students. The school’s principal, Smithly Engelbrecht, said he was... READ MORE.
PRESS RELEASE February 12, 2020 For more information contact: Sarah Lovejoy firstname.lastname@example.org www.ocutech.com 919 967 6460 OCUTECH, Inc., the worldwide leader in developing advanced bioptic telescopes for the visually impaired, has released a special video called “Open Your World with Low Vision Care” in celebration of Low Vision Awareness and Macular Degeneration month. Over 5 million individuals in the US alone have reduced vision from disease, injury or genetic disorders. Low vision is not improvable... READ MORE.
“In preparing for and playing their sport, many athletes have habits or rituals that seem superstitious to others. When playing tennis, I always wear my Ocutech hat. The hat reminds me of the superior design and precision manufacturing of Ocutech products, and that translates into nailing the precision shots that have made me a trophy-winning tennis player. Superstitious? I think not!” said David Lewerenz, OD, FAAO. Dr. Lewerenz, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado... READ MORE.
This open letter is my response to an article written by Lee Kofman and published on Mamamia.com. Dear Dr. Kofman, I was pleasantly surprised to come across your recent post about parenting your son who has albinism. In my opinion, there aren’t enough people like you sharing these stories which help to enlighten the community. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mack, I am 20 years old, and live in North Carolina, United... READ MORE.
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.
Perhaps the most challenging visual impairments to address in low vision care are disorders affecting peripheral vision such as RP, Choroideremia and late stage glaucoma. Peripheral vision is associated with motion detection and seeing in low illumination. As a result, and as we know, individuals with constricted visual fields will have difficulty traveling independently as well as having very reduced ‘night vision.’ Tunnel vision functional issues The functional challenges encountered with tunnel vision usually fall... 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.
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.
It’s common knowledge that regular exercise improves your quality of life. Exercise helps with weight management, stress reduction, mental clarity, disease prevention, and dozens of other aspects of life that contribute to your quality of life. However, few people know that regular exercise also improves eye health and can help prevent eye disease. Reduce Risk of Glaucoma by 25% According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), moderate exercise can lower intraocular pressure (IOP) and... READ MORE.