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REGAIN YOUR INDEPENDENCE

REGAIN YOUR INDEPENDENCE

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John M. Pino, O.D., Ph.D.

ONE PLACE FOR EXCELLENCE IN LOW VISION CARE

At Low Vision of Tennessee, our goal is to enhance our patients’ lives by providing superior, personalized eye care. We will treat our patients as valued members of our family.

We pride ourselves on our professional, high-quality, state of the art eye care serving Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, as well as other states across the country. We are the only ones in the area offering Low Vision services on that level. In our eye care office, we make sure you are comfortable with our friendly and warm office staff.

Dr. John M. Pino is a member of The International Acadamy of Low Vision Specialists. IALVSbHe has made sure his office is furnished with the latest technology to ensure you receive the most thorough eye exam and treatment available.

We Recommend Proactive Eyecare for All Your Vision Related Issues…

I can drive again!

- Marty L. Nashville, TN

Thank you Dr. Pino for giving me my independence back. Now that I can drive again with bioptic telescopes, and read with my low vision glasses, I am so much happier.

My prayers were answered

- Nina S. Harrodsburg, KY

I was told nothing could be done to improve my vision. I became depressed.
I went to see Dr. Pino hoping he could help me. My prayers were answered.
Now I can watch TV and read so much better. My quality of life is greatly improved.

Thanks Dr. Pino

- Greg T. Oak Ridge, TN

I am driving now for the first time in my life at 38 yrs old, thanks to Dr. Pino.
I have Stargardts disease and was told I would never drive. Dr. Pino prescribed bioptic telescope glasses that enable me to drive legally in most states. Thank you Dr. Pino. You have changed my life.

Happy Camper

- Mary L. Cookeville, TN

I cannot stress how thankful I am for Dr. John Pino. I had lost all hope of ever driving again due to my vision condition, macular degeneration. No one seemed to be able to help me until I went to see Dr. Pino. He prescribed a bioptic telescope for me to use for driving, seeing faces, and other distance objects like signs and traffic lights. Now I am using a bioptic telescope to drive. I passed my driving test and I am one happy camper.

Driving With Confidence

- Patty R. Knoxville, TN

Oh my, they are so clear. Wow. I love them. My quality of life has certainly been improved as the telescopic lenses Dr. Pino designed for me have allowed me to drive with more confidence, and the special lenses allow me to see the television better making it more enjoyable

Highly Recommend

- Gina H. Sevierville, TN

These glasses made all the difference in my life. Thank you. I am very well satisfied with my new glasses. The reading glasses helped me a lot. The binocular glasses are the very best, I use them constantly while watching TV and they are excellent at church and stage show. I highly recommend them for anyone with macular degeneration

Quality of Life

- Paul C. Crossville, TN

I have had my telescopic lenses for about a month. I am learning to drive with them now, and didn’t know what I was missing. My distance vision is much improved and I hope to be driving at night soon of the first time in my life.

Another benefit I have found happened when I wore them in my yard. I live in the country and can now enjoy watching my horse even when they are in the back pasture. I can also see my neighbors when they wave. What a difference they make in the quality of my life.

What Is Low Vision?

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Low vision is significant vision impairment that usually results from serious eye disease or an injury.

The vision loss, which is characterized by either reduced visual acuity (to 20/70 or worse) or reduced field of view, can’t be fully corrected.

Low vision can affect both children and adults. It is more common in the elderly, who are at greater risk of eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts, which are some of the most common causes of the condition. Injury and heredity may also cause low vision.

Living With Low Vision

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With significant vision loss it can become challenging to complete common daily tasks including reading, writing, cooking, watching tv, driving or even recognizing people.

When low vision is diagnosed it can come as a shock. Initially, it is an adjustment to learn how to function with impaired vision but the good news is there are numerous resources and products available to assist.

Because low vision often impacts one’s independence, ability to work, drive, or resume normal life, many patients feel isolated and depressed.

Low Vision Glasses

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Ever look through a pair of field glasses or binoculars? Things look bigger and closer, and easier to see. Dr Pino and members of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) are using miniaturized telescopes mounted on glasses to help people who have lost vision from:

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Glaucoma

  • Cataracts
  • Stroke
  • Albinism
  • Stargardt, Best Disease, & Juvenile Retinoschisis

Enjoy Life With Low Vision Aids

Technology has progressed rapidly allowing those who previously were left with little option for a normal life, the chance for a happy and independent life with low vision. The treatment options are abundant such as bioptics and telescopic implants for macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, which are already considered very mainstream.

While not every solution is fit for every body, we will be happy to help you navigate the many options for low vision aids. Additionally for day to day there are amazing computer programs for easier computer usage, digital magnifiers, and much more.

Learn more on our Low Vision Aids page.

You can drive again with our special bioptic telescopes!

MACULAR DEGENERATION: WET OR DRY

JUVENILE MACULAR DEGENERATION

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COPING WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENT

Macular Degeneration (AMD/ARMD)

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Dr. Pino provides the highest level of care for patients with macular degeneration. Dr. Pino will assess the patients visual level and ask the patient about their goals for vision.

Based on the assessment Dr. Pino will provide tailor made solutions which may include specific supplements following the AREDS2 formula, telescope or bioptic telescope glasses, escoop or magnified readers, computer software, magnifiers and CCTV, and in advanced cases Dr. Pino may recommend implantable telescopes (IMT) such as Centrasight.

Click Here to learn more about macular degeneration.

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Special binocular type instruments can be placed on the glasses to help make out small objects such as street signs, traffic lights, and facial expressions. By placing binoculars on the lenses, it allows these objects to appear closer and become more visible.

There are a lot of options on the market, ranging from the E-Scoop glasses to bioptic telescopes. Contact us today to find the best lenses for your needs.

Click Here to learn more about out Low Vision Bioptics.

Implants For Macular Degeneration

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One of the most amazing innovations in eyecare is the miniature implantable telescope.

This telescope created by Centrasight, is implanted in one of the eyes, replacing the lens with a telescope that acts like a camera zoom.

The eye with the telescope is responsible for center vision while the other eye processes peripheral.

Patients with end stage macular degeneration, that have center sight loss in both eyes have averaged a 3-4 line improvement as well as noticeable improvement in their quality of life.

Eye Vitamins

Macular degeneration affects 20% of the population over the age of 65 and is the number one cause of vision impairment in that age group. However there is no treatment or cure for macular degeneration, which is why in the past few years there has been a massive increase in research for ways to prevent and slow down the progression of Macular degeneration.

The most authoritative study called AREDS and AREDS2 examined the effects of taking specific vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in thousands of people and found that there was a 25% reduction of macular degeneration with the proper combinations.

While there are many different supplements for AMD on the market that make the claim to follow the latest research, our eye doctor has found that many of the available supplements are years behind in the research.

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Quality of Life

I have had my telescopic lenses for about a month. I am learning to drive with them now, and didn’t know what I was missing.  My distance vision is much improved and I hope to be driving at night soon of the first time in my life. Another benefit I...
- Paul C. Crossville, TN

Highly Recommend

These glasses made all the difference in my life. Thank you. I am very well satisfied with my new glasses.  The reading glasses helped me a lot. The binocular glasses are the very best, I use them constantly while watching TV and they are excellent at church and stage show....
- Gina H. Sevierville, TN

Driving With Confidence

Oh my, they are so clear. Wow. I love them. My quality of life has certainly been improved as the telescopic lenses Dr. Pino designed for me have allowed me to drive with more confidence, and the special lenses allow me to see the television better making it more enjoyable...
- Patty R. Knoxville, TN

Happy Camper

I cannot stress how thankful I am for Dr. John Pino. I had lost all hope of ever driving again due to my vision condition, macular degeneration. No one seemed to be able to help me until I went to see Dr. Pino. He prescribed a bioptic telescope for me...
- Mary L. Cookeville, TN

Thanks Dr. Pino

I am driving now for the first time in my life at 38 yrs old, thanks to Dr. Pino. I have Stargardts disease and was told I would never drive. Dr. Pino prescribed bioptic telescope glasses that enable me to drive legally in most states. Thank you Dr. Pino. You...
- Greg T. Oak Ridge, TN

My prayers were answered

I was told nothing could be done to improve my vision. I became depressed. I went to see Dr. Pino hoping he could help me. My prayers were answered. Now I can watch TV and read so much better. My quality of life is greatly improved....
- Nina S. Harrodsburg, KY

I can drive again!

Thank you Dr. Pino for giving me my independence back. Now that I can drive again with bioptic telescopes, and read with my low vision glasses, I am so much happier....
- Marty L. Nashville, TN

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