The late Ned S. Witkin, OD, was Director of Optometry and Low Vision Services from 1991 to 2004. As the first optometrist in the Department of Ophthalmology and on the faculty of Emory School of Medicine, Dr. Witkin is credited with building a bridge between optometry and ophthalmology. A caring clinician and inventor, he brought cutting-edge technology to the specialty of Vision Rehabilitation.
Low vision can hamper even the most basic of daily activities—reading the newspaper, playing the piano, writing a check, preparing meals, or even knitting a sweater. The Emory Eye Center’s Low Vision Clinic offers special help for individuals with reduced vision that neither surgery, medical treatment nor the best standard optical remedies can correct. The clinic has helped children with hereditary conditions, individuals who want to remain in the workplace, and older adults who want to maintain independent lives.
For patients with eyesight as poor as 20/80, eyeglasses or contact lenses are sometimes not enough. Our optometrists are evaluating a number of low vision devices that help patients, many of whom are legally blind, see to drive a car, read a newspaper or recognize faces. Some of the devices offered include special magnifiers, high-powered lenses, virtual reality systems, and other optical devices. Our highly trained professionals, keeping in mind the budget and lifestyle of the patient, are committed to helping each patient, meet his/her goals for improved vision.
The Low Vision Clinic is one of a few clinical sites in the U.S. developing the most advanced vision-assisting devices available on the market. The clinic helps people of any age who are visually impaired and have only partial sight due to cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, detached retina, or stroke.
Emory optometrists are investigating a number of new technologies and devices, including these popular systems available only at a few centers in the United States:
Jan. 2, 2013 | (ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center is the first center in Georgia to offer a new technology proven to help the vision of some patients with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Low Vision Booklet(pdf)
Developed and produced by the Georgia Low Vision Task Force and the Georgia Low Vision Advisory Committee (Georgia Optometric Association)
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