Just 8 Weeks to better vision

Just 8 Weeks to better vision

The Low Vision Works® program is a highly effective vision rehabilitation process that restores vision and functionality to individuals suffering from low vision disabilities- such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and certain types of stroke-related vision disorders.

 

Using our proprietary visual training program, our Occcupational Therapists will work with you in the comfort of your home or office to:

  • Maximize the use of your remaining vision
  • Improve or maintain reading abilities by means of our visual training program
  • Modify activities and environment in order to increase safety and independence
  • Select appropriate assistive devices
  • Use assistive devices and adaptive equipment to compensate for decrease vision
  • Access community support groups and resources

Each session is approximately 1 hour, one to two times per week for approximately 8 weeks.

 

I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done for my mother. She can play bridge again! – June R.
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Since the Low Vision Works program was introduced back in 2001 the results have been nothing short of amazing. Our patients have experienced:
  • An average increase in visual acuity between 40 and 70%
  • Reading speed and accuracy often doubles or even triples
  • Ability to read print sizes two to three times smaller

Our patients are thrilled to be able to:

  • Read and watch TV
  • Prepare meals
  • Use a computer and cell phone
  • Groom themselves
  • Shop
  • Read a restaurant menu
  • See the faces of their loved ones

 

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Over 12 Million Americans Suffer from Low Vision

Over 12 Million Americans Suffer from Low Vision

Low vision is a class of visual disabilities, which result in progressive loss of visual acuity and functionality. These types of Low Vision conditions cannot be *cured* by medication, surgery or corrective lenses.

 

 

Low vision disorders include:

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Glaucoma
  • Certain types of stroke-related vision disabilities

 

Low vision is the third leading cause of disability among seniors – ranking only behind heart disease and arthritis. It is a major cause of falls leading to fractures, head injuries and hospitalizations. It is also a significant cause of depression as it robs seniors of the opportunity to lead safe, independent and fulfilling lives. And, it leads to enormous health care costs for the elderly.

Symptoms of low vision include difficulty recognizing objects at a distance, differentiating colors (particularly in the green-blue-violet range), and seeing well up close (such as reading or cooking). Those afflicted with low vision often cite difficulty recognizing faces of friends and relatives, doing things around the house because lights seem dimmer, and matching colors of clothes.

Age-related macular degeneration affects 26% of those over 75 and strikes one American every three minutes.

The Effects of Low Vision

Animation showing macular degenerationMost low vision diseases affect the macula, which is the part of the eye where central, or detail, vision originates. Light reaches the macula where it is concentrated and passed via the optic nerve to the brain, so images can be formed.

At the center of the macula is an area called the fovea. This is where the greatest number of cells are concentrated. The fovea is the true focal point of detail vision.

Whenever light strikes the fovea, a waste product called drusen is formed. The healthy macula simply disposes of this waste naturally. When macula degeneration strikes, this waste removal process is affected. Drusen builds up and begins to interfere with detail vision. Moreover, this buildup begins to contaminate adjoining cells, so that the destruction of central vision progressively worsens.

Other than some recently developed, injectible drugs that reduce the bleeding associated with wet macular degeneration, there is no cure for the macular damage caused by AMD.

There is, however, something that can be done about it – Low Vision Works.

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100% Covered for Those Eligible for Medicare*

100% Covered for Those Eligible for Medicare*

Covered by Medicare!*

At this time, the Low Vision Works® program is available to Medicare-eligible patients or those who wish to pay privately. Managed care insurance plans and other insurances will require pre-authorization.

*How do I know if I am a candidate for these services:

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you may be eligible for these services:

  1. Do you have difficulty even with glasses reading small print such as labels on medicine bottles, a telephone book or food labels?
  2. Do you have difficulty even with glasses recognizing people when they are close to you?
  3. Do you have difficulty even with glasses seeing steps, stairs or curbs?
  4. Do you have difficulty even with glasses writing checks or filling out forms?
  5. Do you have difficulty even with glasses pouring liquids, setting the one or burner dials, operating the microwave, chopping or cutting up foods?
  6. Do you have difficulty even with glasses identifying coins and bills and accurately making change?
  7. Do you have difficulty even with glasses eating neatly, selecting matching clothing, clipping your nails or applying toothpaste to you toothbrush?
  8. Do you have difficulty even with glasses identifying your medications or monitoring your medical condition?
  9. Do you have difficulty even with glasses watching television?
  10. Do you have difficulty even with glasses doing fine handwork like sewing, knitting or carpentry?

The Low Vision Works program is exclusively and conveniently delivered in your home, over the course of eight weeks.

The best way to determine eligibility is to contact a Low Vision Works program representative at 1-866-590-0011.

Your Low Vision Works representative can help you check your Medicare and eligibility and determine if the Low Vision Works program can be of benefit to you. You will need to provide your Medicare number and the name and telephone number of your eye care doctor.

Medicare requires a prescription from your primary or eye care physician authorizing the delivery of the Low Vision Works program. We will obtain this prescription directly from your physician once it is clear that you are eligible.

 

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Testimonials from our patients

Testimonials from our patients

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'By developing new vision skills I am able to perform the job I have loved for many years.' - Barb D.

I’d like to share my gratitude for the services of a dedicated low vision therapist.

She was very professional and knowledgeable. It was very comforting to experience new ways to use my remaining vision.

I am a figure skating coach and by developing new vision skills I am able to perform the job I have loved for many years.

I hope cure for macular degeneration is close but in the meantime hooray for Low Vision Works.

Sincerely, Barb D.

'I have learned so many new things to use and so many new ways to use my remaining eyesight.' - Midred N.

Dear Mrs. Vandendooren:

It is with great pleasure that I write to you regarding your wonderful low vision therapy. I have learned so many new things to use and so many new ways to use my remaining eyesight.

My teacher and therapist has been very thorough and patient, a quality I like, as I am a retired administrative R.N.  I thank you for sending her to help me. All God’s angels come to us disguised.

Most sincerely, Mildred N..

“Without the help of Low Vision Works, I would not be able to write this note to you…” – Dorothy M.
“Thank you so much for your genuine care and thoughtfulness. You have made a great difference in the quality of Dad’s life.” – Ginni & Bill
“Thanks to your instruction, I can read better. This is a great thing for me. Many thanks.” – Dr. G. M
“Through your efforts, my mom has become much more self-assured and independent.” – Tony F.

 

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