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Member Of The International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists

Member Of The International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists

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Low Vision Optometrist In Gilbert, Arizona

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A Low Vision Optometrist Can Help

A common statement we hear from our patients is "Our previous Retinologist or Ophthalmologist said that there was nothing further that can be done.” This is a common misconception!

Low Vision Optometry is a highly technical area of optometry which requires extensive training and education. Members of The IALVS have spent years developing advanced solutions which maximize the usefulness and effectiveness of remaining vision.

Your Ophthalmologist or Retinologist is focused on the medical aspect of your eye condition. While not all patients can be helped with Low Vision aids, most patients that we fit with custom optics or other Low Vision devices experience a profound improvement in their everyday quality of life.

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Regain Your Independence

One of the hardest realities of living with low vision is the need to constantly rely on others. Transitioning to a lifestyle of dependency is traumatic both for the person with low vision, as well as their families. Many times the spouse or child will be left to run errands, drive the patient around, cook and clean and much more. 

Low vision aids may give the patient the freedom to perform the tasks they need and regain their self-sufficiency. 

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Low Vision Optometrists Redefine Vision Loss

Our low vision optometrist, Dr. Paul Woolf, is a member of the International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists, a professional organization dedicated to enabling low vision patients access to the optical and digital technology that will transform their life. Dr. Paul Woolf is passionate about low vision care and making a difference in our communities. 

40 Years Of Helping People With Vision Loss

What Is Low Vision?

Low Vision is a condition, whether caused by eye disease, genetics, trauma, or other events, where fully corrected vision with conventional glasses, contact lenses or refractive surgery, remains insufficient to do what you want to do.

Some consider low vision to be less than 20/40 vision. Others consider it to be less than 20/70 vision. However, The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) believes that the inability to see well enough to do those tasks you want to continue doing, even with your best glasses (contacts or refractive surgery) is sufficient reason to seek the help of a low vision optometrist.

In a case of Low Vision, the patient is typically unable to perform basic everyday tasks. This includes:

  • Difficulty with getting around independently
  • Driving
  • Using the computer
  • Watching television
  • Recognizing Faces
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • etc.

The burden of such a sudden loss of independence means that Low Vision not only robs the patient of functional capability, it also leaves the patient mentally and emotionally devastated.

While commonly associated with seniors over the age of 60, Low Vision also affects children and adults of all ages. Age-Related Macular Degeneration is the most common cause for Low Vision in the US, however patients from all over Arizona visit for Low Vision care for a wide variety of conditions and diseases.

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What Is A Low Vision Exam?

During your low vision eye exam, Dr. Paul Woolf will determine your level of vision, see if new regular glasses will be an improvement, discuss your wish list and help decide the best solution to help you regain as much day to day functioning as possible.

You will discuss with Dr. Paul Woolf what your specific vision goals are, such as reading, writing, recognizing faces, watching TV, or driving. We will determine what areas of your vision are lacking, whether central or peripheral. We will then recommend the various low vision aids or devices that will help you do what you want to do. The low vision exam takes about an hour. Dr. Richard Shuldiner, the founder of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists explains further:

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View Our Success Stories & Testimonials.

Our patients are often moved to tears when they can get back to doing the things they love. We have shared some of our patient's experiences in order to show the dramatic life-changing nature of low vision care. 

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When Should I Visit A Low Vision Optometrist?

A Low Vision Eye Exam should be conducted as soon as you have received a diagnosis of an eye disease or condition that could lead to Low Vision. A Low Vision optometrist stays up to date on the latest research in slowing down the progression of vision loss, so it is essential to book a Low Vision exam right away. Most of our patients visit us after years of struggling with severe vision loss. If you or a loved one have a visual impairment, call our Low Vision doctor for a free phone consultation to understand how you may be helped. If you are in doubt our Gilbert low vision optometrist can help, we encourage you to call and Dr. Paul Woolf will be happy to discuss your concerns on the phone.

How Can A Low Vision Optometrist Help?

A low vision optometrist fits custom vision aids and devices, which allow the Low Vision patient to maximize the use of their remaining vision in the most effective way possible. This allows someone suffering from Low Vision to regain their ability to perform everyday tasks, as well as their independence and human dignity.

For example, A 65-year-old patient with Macular Degeneration wanted to be able to go shopping and visit people without feeling like a burden on others. Our Low Vision optometrist, Dr. Paul Woolf, custom designed bioptic telescope glasses that enabled the patient to drive, read, and go shopping once again, without needing the help of others.

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Driving rules are complex and constantly changing. We have helped low vision patients from all over Arizona regain their independence and drive again with bioptic telescope glasses.

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How Can A Low Vision Eye Doctor Help Me?

Our Low Vision Optometrist, Dr. Paul Woolf, helps patients from all over Arizona, with eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts, vision issues related to albinism, and more, to maximize their remaining vision to its full potential in order to recover and save vision functionality. This is done with the help of highly specialized Low Vision optics/glasses and other vision aids that help patients regain their independence.

There Is Hope For People With Vision Loss!

Dr. Paul Woolf, our Low Vision eye doctor, is passionate about helping people in Arizona recover their day to day functioning. Too many patients leave their ophthalmologist or retinologist thinking there is nothing left to be done but manage the disease to prevent further vision loss.

Dr. Paul Woolf is a member of the International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), the premier organization of Low Vision Optometrists. All members of IALVS receive extensive training to learn how to help patients with vision loss maximize their remaining vision using the latest devices and technology.

For many people, proper use of a Low Vision device means being able to read, drive, sew, play cards, watch television, and use the computer—all of which would be impossible without these Low Vision Aids. At the Low Vision Center At Woolf Eye Care , we help patients from Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, and Chandler to enjoy life after vision loss with Low Vision Aids.

Meet Our Low Vision Optometrist

Dr. Woolf received his B.S. degree from A.S.U. He received his O.D. degree from Southern California College of Optometry. Dr. Woolf completed an externship in Low Vision at the Center for Partially Sighted in Santa Monica, California. He was the recipient of the Mattingly International Low Vision Award for Achievement...

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Our Low Vision Patients Speak

I Can Get Around Without Fear

-E.H. OF PHoeNIX, AZ 5stars 1
These new bioptics are so much better. I am going to use then for mobility and as a passenger in the car.

More Knowledgeable Than Any Other Optometrist

- TJ M. OF GILBERT, AZ 5stars 1
I recommend Dr. Woolf for an eye exam. I have diabetes and suffer from dry eyes, and he was more knowledgeable than any other optometrist. I did not buy glasses there though.

I Love The Freedom To Read And Drive Again

I am able to read small newspaper print again, watch television, and maintain my drivers license!

How To Deal With Low Vision: Low Vision Aids

A Low Vision aid is any tool or device that can help a person with vision loss perform the tasks that they most want to be able to perform. The treatment for Low Vision has changed drastically with new technologies which have revolutionized Low Vision and resulted in far more effective tools to regain vision function.

The Latest Technology

There have been major improvements in the optical design and construction of Low Vision telescopes, microscope glasses, filters, and prisms. Furthermore, a range of digital devices have been developed which can significantly boost the ability of a Low Vision sufferer to function. These include IRISVISION, ORCAM, ESIGHT and CCTV stands, as well as portable digital magnifiers. To learn more about the different low vision aids, devices, magnifiers, and glasses.

Because of the large range of options, it is crucial to speak with a Low Vision optometrist who will help you navigate the options and find the option that will give you the best solution to your specific needs. Low Vision Center At Woolf Eye Care is the preferred provider of Low Vision aids for patients from Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, and Chandler.

Low Vision Telescope Glasses

Custom Aid And Device Fitting

One of the most important Low Vision tools in our arsenal is Telescope Glasses. Dr. Paul Woolf fits various custom designed full diameter, bioptic and reading telescopic glasses.  

Low Vision telescope, microscope, prism and filter glasses are custom designed with the patients refractive prescription for best acuity. They are tailor-made for the specific tasks on the patients wish list. These types of glasses have helped thousands of low vision patients regain their independence and improve their quality of life. From driving to playing poker, pleasure reading to doing accounting, enjoying hand work to cooking, low vision glasses have allowed a quality of life that has put smiles on many faces.

Been Told There Is Nothing That Can Be Done?

We Can Help!

A common statement we hear from our patients is "Our previous Retinologist or Ophthalmologist said that there was nothing further that can be done.” This is a common misconception!

Low Vision Optometry is a highly technical area of optometry which requires extensive training and education. Members of The IALVS have spent years developing advanced solutions which maximize the usefulness and effectiveness of remaining vision.

Your Ophthalmologist or Retinologist is focused on the medical aspect of your eye condition. While not all patients can be helped with Low Vision aids, most patients that we fit with custom optics or other Low Vision devices experience a profound improvement in their everyday quality of life.

Eye Disease And Vision Loss

What Diseases Cause Low Vision?

Low Vision results when an eye disease or other cause reduces your vision, even with refractive correction, does not allow you to do those tasks you need or want to do. Some of the eye diseases and conditions that typically cause low vision are:

  • Macular Degeneration (wet or dry)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration - Stargardt’s Disease/Best Disease/Juvenile Retinoschisis
  • Glaucoma
  • Stroke-Hemianopsia
  • Albinism and other vision-limiting diseases
  • Achromatopsia
  • Cataracts
  • Macular hole
  • Optic Atrophy
  • Nystagmus
  • Pathological Myopia
  • Rod Cone Dystrophy
  • Fuchs Dystrophy
  • Histoplasmosis Retinopathy
Preventative Eye Exams: Early Detection Is Essential

Preventing Vision Loss

The greater the risk factor you have of developing a sight-threatening eye condition, the more important it is to have an annual eye exam. Age is the biggest risk factor for Low Vision. Other significant risk factors include diabetes, smoking, and sunlight.

Early detection and appropriate intervention and care may be able to slow down or even halt vision loss. If you notice ANY of the following symptoms, schedule an eye exam immediately!

  • Sudden deterioration or loss of vision
  • Distortion in images
  • Blind spots in your field of view
DMV Driving Laws For Telescope Glasses In Arizona

Did you know that most US states allow driving with bioptic telescopes?

Custom fit bioptic telescope glasses allow a driver to alternate between a normal view and a magnified view to read road signs, see traffic lights and emergencies.

This is similar to using the side or rear view mirrors as needed in normal driving. Our Low Vision Doctor, Dr. Paul Woolf, has enabled countless patients in Arizona to regain the ability to drive again.

Low Vision Diseases And Other Conditions

We help patients with a variety of low vision eye diseases such as Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Glaucoma, and Cataracts. Visit our low vision eye diseases page to learn more.

There Is Hope For Families Of Low Vision Patients

If your father, mother, spouse or child is visually impaired, it can cause intense tension and strain at home. Your loved one suffering from Low Vision will likely be stressed, angry, or depressed about his or her condition and loss of independence. It is important to keep in mind the incredible stress that vision loss causes. As family members, you should encourage your loved ones to explore the possibilities that low vision care opens up. Members of the IALVS use demonstrator low vision glasses and devices during the low vision evaluation to show the patient how they can keep performing the desired tasks. If the patient does not want to speak with Dr. Paul Woolf, we encourage children or spouses to talk to Dr. Paul Woolf to discuss how we can help.

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