Ophthalmologists are medical doctors and surgeons who are trained to take care of the medical needs of eye diseases. Optometrists are eye doctors but not surgeons. Although they can examine and treat some eye diseases they primarily prescribe glasses, contact lenses and other optical devices. These are the specialists who most often work with low vision patients. When the vision is poor and a patient is undergoing medical treatments, checking for the proper glasses prescription is often overlooked. Low Vision Optometrists are more careful in assessing if any change in glasses will help and often provide high power glasses or telescopes as low vision aids. These specialists often recommend various magnifiers or reading machines and Light and Magnify Technologies works closely with several low vision optometrists in south Florida to make sure their patients receive all the visual help they need when magnifiers or electronic aids are necessary. Likewise, we refer our clients for a low vision exam if indicated.
Why didn’t my doctor tell me about low vision aids? Many of our clients complain that they have been going to their ophthalmologist for many years of treatment and they were never informed that help was available to them in the form of low vision aids and electronic reading devices.