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.
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.
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.
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.
Ocutech is proud to announce that Dr. Gary Asano, OD, FAAO has been appointed as Ocutech’s first independent professional consultant. In this new professional role, Dr. Asano will advise and assist low vision clinicians in California and the Pacific Northwest as they incorporate Ocutech’s state-of-the-art bioptic telescopic devices for the visually impaired into their practices. Dr. Henry Greene, OD, FAAO, co-founder and president of Ocutech announced the appointment. “We are thrilled to have a clinician... READ MORE.
Losing one’s drivers license or never being eligible for one because of reduced vision is undoubtedly a bummer. There are ways to get around without driving yourself, but the independence and enhanced quality of life one gains from being able to drive (not to mention the ‘right of passage’ of a driver’s license for teenagers) is hard to argue. Most US states have adopted bioptic driving laws, allowing individuals with a certain acuity and degree... 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.