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Low Vision Optometry

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Primary Location
3407 Brambleton Ave.
Roanoke, VA 20418
Phone: (866) 321-2030

Office Hours

Monday8 - 112 - 5
Tuesday8 - 11Closed
Wednesday8 - 112 - 5
Thursday8 - 11Closed
Friday8 - 112 - 5
SaturdayBy Appt.Closed
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Telescopic Glasses

Telescopic glasses are used to help people with

impaired vision see distant objects better.  They are

helpful for people with macular degeneration, diabetic

eye disease, glaucoma, Stargardt disease and many

other conditions that cause damage to the vision.  Many

states issue special driver's permits allowing their use for driving.  In addition to driving people benefit from telescopic glasses for recognizing peoples faces at a greater distance, watching sporting events or live theater performances. They can also be prescribed for watching television. 

Telescopic glasses come in various magnifications and designs, each prescribed to meet different needs.



Bioptic telescopes are mounted near the top othe eyeglass lenses allowing the person to look below the telescopes through their regular eyeglass prescription.  To use the telescope the person lowers their chin slightly allowing them to look through the telescopes.  The eyeglass prescription is also included in the telescopes.  Bioptics are the type of telescopes that are used for driving.




If a person requires help for watching television  centrally mounted wide angle telescopic lenses are usually prescribed.  The wide angle telescopes include the eyeglass prescription and are prescribed to focus at the distance that the person sits from the TV.‚Äč

"A Vision Of Hope" Roanoke Times article explains how low vision glasses change lives. CLICK HERE to read more

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"You are the best low vision doctor I've referred to.  You are an asset to my practice."   W.P., MD  

"Thanks for all you are doing for these unfortunate patients."   J.T., MD  

"You've helped everyone who I've referred to you"  N.S., OD


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