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Eye Doctor Helps Legally Blind To See

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For many patients with macular degeneration and other vision-related conditions, the loss of central visual detail also signals the end to one of the last bastion of independence: driving. A Lebanon optometrist, Dr. John Pino, is using miniaturized telescopes that are mounted in glasses to help people who have lost vision from macular degeneration and other eye conditions.

“Some of my patients consider me the last stop for people who have vision loss,” said Dr. Pino, one of only a few doctors in the world who specialize in fitting bioptic telescopes to help those who have lost vision due to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other debilitating eye diseases.

Imagine a pair of glasses that can improve your vision enough to change your life. If you’re a low vision patient,you’ve probably not only imagined them,but have been searching for them. Bioptic telescopes may be the breakthrough in optical technology that will give you the independence you’ve been looking for.Patients with vision in the 20/200 range can many times be improved to 20/50 or better.

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in people over 50. Despite this, most adults

are not familiar with the condition. As many as 25% of those over the age of 50 have some degree of macular degeneration. The macula is only one small part of the retina; however, it is the most sensitive and gives us sharp central vision. When it degenerates, macular degeneration leaves a blind spot right in the center of vision, making it difficult orimpossible to recognize faces, read abook, or pass the driver’s vision test.

Nine out of 10 people who have macular degeneration have the dry form.New research suggests vitamins can help.The British medical journal BMC Ophthalmology recently reported that

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A scene as it might be viewed by a person with age-related macular degeneration.

56% of patients treated with a high-dose combination of vitamins experienced improved vision after six months.TOZAL Comprehensive Eye Health Formula is now available by prescription from eye doctors.

While age is the most significant risk factor for developing the disease,heredity, smoking, cardiovascular disease, and high blood pressure have also been identified as risk factors.Macular degeneration accounts for 90%of new legal blindness in the U.S. While there is currently no cure, promising research is being done on many fronts.“My job is to figure out everything and anything possible to keep a person

functioning, especially driving,” says Dr.Pino.

When Elaine, 57, of Kingsport, TN,came to see Dr. Pino she wanted to keep her Tennessee driver’s license and was prescribed bioptic telescopic glasses to read signs and see traffic lights farther away. Dr. Pino also prescribed microscope glasses for reading newspapers and menus in restaurants.

As Elaine puts it, “My regular glasses didn’t help too much – it was like looking through a fog. These new telescopic glasses not only allow me to read signs from a farther distance, but make driving much easier. I’ve also used them to watch television so I don’t have to sit so close. I don’t know why I waited to do this; I should have come sooner.”

“Bioptic telescopes can cost over$2,000,” said Dr. Pino, “especially if we build them with an automatic sunglass.”“The major benefit of the bioptic telescope is that the lens automatically focuses on whatever you’re looking at,”said Dr. Pino. “It’s like a self-focusing camera, but much more precise.”

To learn more about bioptic telescopes or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pino, give us a call at 1-855-405-8800. You can also visit our website at:

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Offices located in Lebanon,Knoxville and Columbia.

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


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