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Driving with Low Vision and Bioptic Telescopes

Dr. John Pino

In this video, I will talk about the different ways we can help people with low vision drive again. Transcript of the video below.

As a low vision optometrist, my primary focus is to help people overcome their vision loss and helping them regain their ability to perform everyday visual task that most people take for granted. Tasks like driving or watching television or reading a book. Today though I want to talk to you about bioptic telescopes. These are miniature telescopes located at the upper part of the lens. So, if I’m going to drive I’m going to be looking at the lower portion of the lens called the carrier lens most of the time. I’m only going to briefly tilt into the telescope in order to see sign or traffic lights up ahead. So, why don’t we go for a ride and see how it works? Let’s go.

So, here we are ready to go. As I mentioned to you earlier, most of the time you’ll be looking through the lower portion of the lens called the carrier lens. This is where the standard prescription lies. And then when you need to view at a sign or a traffic light up ahead, you simply tilt into the telescope briefly and tilt back. It’s really that simple. Most states actually issue special driving permits for folks to drive with bioptic telescopes in their state. So, when I do a low vision evaluation, I can determine whether a person qualifies to drive with a bioptic telescope. So, if you were a loved one, needs an evaluation, please feel free to visit us at our website at lowvisiontn.com or you can call our office at 1-855-405-8800. Thank you and have a blessed day!

Pink, Stinging Eyes?

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, is one of the most frequently seen eye diseases, especially in kids. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria or even allergies to pollen, chlorine in swimming pools, and ingredients in cosmetics, or other irritants, which touch the eyes. Some forms of conjunctivitis might be quite transmittable and quickly spread in school and at the office.

Conjunctivitis is seen when the conjunctiva, or thin transparent layer of tissue covering the white part of the eye, becomes inflamed. You can identify conjunctivitis if you notice eye redness, discharge, itching or swollen eyelids and a crusty discharge surrounding the eyes early in the day. Pink eye infections can be divided into three main types: viral, allergic and bacterial conjunctivitis.

The viral type is usually a result of a similar virus to that which produces the recognizable red, watery eyes, sore throat and runny nose of the common cold. The red, itchy, watery eyes caused by viral pink eye are likely to last from a week to two and then will clear up on their own. You may however, be able to reduce some of the discomfort by using soothing drops or compresses. Viral pink eye is transmittable until it is completely cleared up, so in the meantime maintain excellent hygiene, remove eye discharge and try to avoid using communal pillowcases or towels. If your son or daughter has viral conjunctivitis, he or she will have to be kept home from school for three days to a week until symptoms disappear.

A bacterial infection such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus is usually treated with antibiotic eye drops or cream. One should notice an improvement within just a few days of antibiotic drops, but be sure to adhere to the full prescription dosage to prevent pink eye from recurring.

Allergic pink eye is not contagious. It is usually a result of a known allergy such as hay fever or pet allergies that sets off an allergic reaction in their eyes. First of all, to treat allergic pink eye, you should eliminate the irritant. Use cool compresses and artificial tears to relieve discomfort in mild cases. When the infection is more severe, your eye doctor might prescribe a medication such as an anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. In cases of chronic allergic pink eye, topical steroid eye drops could be used.

Pink eye should always be diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor in order to identify the type and best course of treatment. Never treat yourself! Keep in mind the sooner you begin treatment, the lower chance you have of giving pink eye to loved ones or prolonging your discomfort.

 

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