Dr. Randolph C. Kinkade, a Connecticut optometrist and founding member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, has written the Guide for Macular Degeneration Eyeglasses: Low Vision Treatment. The book helps educate individuals and their doctors about the newest ways to help people see better with macular degeneration and low vision.
For reading and writing there are Prismatic Magnifying Spectacles (PMSs), Spectacle Miniature Telescopes (SMTs) and ClearImage II Reading Microscopes. They provide higher magnification than regular eyeglasses, often making reading easier. They do make things better, but they cannot make things perfect warns Dr. Kinkade.
For seeing in the distance (10 feet and beyond), like watching television, driving and seeing people’s faces, new E-Scoop Glasses and Spectacle Miniature Telescopes (SMTs) are available. SMTs for distance viewing are available in full-diameter and bioptic designs.
“No pair of eyeglasses can eliminate developing blind spots created by macular degeneration, but they do make things larger, giving you a better chance of seeing and reading,” Dr. Kinkade said.
The Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT) is another new treatment option for people with advanced stable macular degeneration and is discussed in the book.