Low Vision Reading Glasses

“It allows people with the condition to function better,” Jeffrey Sonsino, O.D., F.A.A.O., an optometrist at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute in Nashville, Tenn., told Ivanhoe.com. The condition that 14 million  Americans suffer from is called low vision. It’s what happens when macular degeneration, diabetes or glaucoma damages the eyes, and their vision can’t be fixed with regular glasses, contacts or surgery.

LV Glasses

Dr. Sonsino created illuminated low vision glasses. They combine a high-powered LED light in the frame, magnifying lenses, and prism correction that prevents eye fatigue.

“Those three things together provide magnification and enhanced contrast when the patient is reading at very close distance,” Dr. Sonsino said.

In a study, the glasses improved patients’ reading abilities by almost 90-percent compared to regular glasses.

LV Glasses 2


Dr. Sonsino says the cost for the glasses is still being researched, but they are expected to be more affordable than a pair of bifocals.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Craig Boerner, Media Relations

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Nashville, TN

Craig.boerner@vanderbilt.edu

Video at http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/13492/1092832?cpt=8&title=truveo_full_feed&wpid=2541

News at http://www.ivanhoe.com/channels/p_channelstory.cfm?storyid=22175

Details at http://96.30.12.13/execsumm/VU0610–Illuminated%20Low%20Vision%20Glasses.pdf

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