The Low Vision and Visual Rehabilitation Service can help individuals with all levels of vision loss ranging from mild visual impairment to legal blindness. Our comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to care provides a team of specialists — from ophthalmologists to optometrists to occupational therapists —who are trained to evaluate your condition and identify an individualized rehabilitation plan to help you maximize remaining functional vision and maintain independence in daily living.
Our office can help people with impaired sight use their remaining sight more effectively. By performing a low vision examination, also called a functional vision assessment, our doctors evaluate how you use your remaining sight in performing daily living tasks. Based on this exam, all our doctors can prescribe the latest customized low vision device or demonstrate technology that can help you make the most of your remaining sight. We have gained a reputation of excellence. We are so proud several retinal groups refer their patients for our low vision care.
Dr. Silberberg had the honor of being appointed the first Director of Low Vision Services at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
What Is Low Vision?
Low vision is a reduced level of vision that cannot be fully corrected with conventional glasses. It is not the same as blindness. Unlike a person who is blind, a person with low vision has some useful sight. However, low vision usually interferes with the performance of daily activities, such as reading or driving. A person with low vision may not recognize images at a distance or be able to differentiate colors of similar tones.
Signs & Symptoms
If you have any of the following symptoms – even with your current glasses – Our low vision services can help.
- Difficulty reading small print
- Blurred distance vision
- Sensitivity to glare
- Poor night vision
- Difficulty performing daily activities such as walking, cooking
- Trouble with driving
Detection and Diagnosis
Drs. Silberberg, Mark, and Brill, who specialize in low vision rehabilitation, are skilled in the examination, treatment and management of patients with visual impairments not fully treatable by medical, surgical or conventional eyewear or contact lenses. Each type of low vision problem requires a different therapeutic approach. A thorough examination by our doctors, which will also include tests to determine the patient’s current vision status, will result in the development of a treatment plan.
The doctors at An Eye To The Future assess the visual capabilities and evaluate the functional performance within the context of the person’s lifestyle, attitudes, and psychological well-being. Treatment plans are defined in terms of what matters most in a person’s life, and a plan is put into action to solve functional problems through adaptive options and coping strategies.
Treatment plans may include prescription of glasses, specialized optical systems, therapeutic filters, non-optical options, and/or video magnification, and the prescription of rehabilitation therapy to effectively maximize visual functioning for activities of daily living. Therapy may also be prescribed to enhance remaining visual skills and may also include referral to other vision rehabilitation professionals, as indicated.
Macular degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, cataracts, glaucoma, optic nerve atrophy, retinal detachment,vision loss due to stroke, are some of the conditions that respond to our low vision rehabilitation services.
Low Vision Devices
From simple digital magnifiers to advanced video magnification systems, we can help you choose assistive devices that use brilliant true-to-life color, black and white and a variety of screen sizes and magnification levels.
Reading, writing and your favorite hobby are made easy with Merlin - the most affordable desktop video magnifier on the market. This desktop technology offers the most ergonomic design with built-in controls. With Merlin you can easily read books and magazines, read and write letters, manage your financial records view color photos, do crossword puzzles and even pursue a favorite hobby.
Max is a powerful, portable, handheld reading aid designed for people with low vision. Resembling the size of a computer mouse, Max reading aid connects directly to any TV or monitor in seconds and enlarges print on any surface curved or straight. Take your Max reading aid to work, school or on vacation.
The Acrobat LCD is a 3-in-1 video magnifier that allows you to view objects near, far and anywhere in between. This portable desktop system with memory is easy to transport and set-up. The most flexible 3-in-1 video magnifier is ideal for near, distance and self viewing. By rotating the camera, you can read, write, groom, and magnify images at any distance. The Acrobat offers a complete system for those at work, school or home.
The Amigo, your Desktop Magnifier on the Go is simple to use-just place it directly on the material and adjust the magnification by a turn of the dial. This innovative product allows you to adjust the magnification without moving the Amigo away from the reading material. Read prices tags, restaurant menus, ingredients and directions no matter where you are with this new high powered video magnifier.
The JORDY Stand is a flexible desktop stand that extends the ability to write and read. With the headworn device placed in the holder, and monitor attached, the unit becomes a desktop video magnifier. This innovative system is the ideal solution for your active lifestyle, enabling you to read, write, and see in any environment including work, home, and school. JORDY is a battery-operated, full-color portable system that can be worn like a pair of glasses to see near, far, and anything in-between. When placed on its optional desktop stand and attached to any monitor, it becomes a fully functional desktop video magnifier.
Flipper's innovative rotating camera design enables people with low vision to perform daily tasks more effectively. By rotating the camera head, the user can read, write, and view magnified images at any distance. Any task is possible with Flipper, just point and view! Flipper is lightweight and can be moved easily from one area to another. Simply roll the base and rotate the camera to view the desired image
An HD camera that provides a crisp, clear, colorful, high definition picture. A new ergonomic lightweight compact design makes it the perfect companion whether at home or on the go. Carry Pebble HD in your purse, pocket, or clip it on your belt with the included carrying case.
Nemo Digital Magnifier
Travel with ease! The pocket-sized Nemo is lightweight and affordable. Incorporating a 4” viewing screen with digital magnification - this ultra portable device can go anywhere. Look-up phone numbers in seconds and perform everyday household tasks with ease. Nemo is easy to use, all you need to do is place the desired material you want to magnify under the Nemo and press the button. The magnified image appears on the 4" viewing screen in the digital magnification range (4x to 9x) you have chosen.