Low Vision Rehabilitation Eye Clinic

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Vision Loss is not the end. There is more that you can do.

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Ask Your Eye Doctor

Why is Low Vision Rehabilitation rarely offered?

Rehabilitation – Think about this…

After ones Orthopedic Doctor performs a medical procedure on a knee, hip or shoulder, could you imagine NO rehabilitation?

Why is Rehabilitation for one's Vision so often overlooked?

Why is Vision Rehabilitation So Important?  - (video) >>>

“Vision rehabilitation is now the standard of care for patients who are losing their vision.” Watch the enlightening video from the American Academy of Ophthalmology on the priority of vision rehabilitation, and the importance of making sure patients are referred to vision rehabilitation providers early in their vision loss.

Jim Vlock didn't let macular degeneration slow him down (video) >>>

Mr. Vlock, a longtime resident of Connecticut, describes the treatment he tried at the country’s best medical centers. And although they tried to treat his vision problem, no one told him there were ways to improve his life within the limits of his visual loss.  Watch this amazing interview with Mr. Vlock in which he explains the miraculous success in working with Dr. Kara Gagnon.

I was distressed by how often I found myself saying, "I am sorry that's all I can do for you".

Donald C. Fletcher, M.D. Ophthalmologist

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We're Here to Help

Have you experienced vision loss due to an injury, eye or systemic disease? Has your vision loss made you feel isolated? Have you tried different eye glasses, surgery and injections only to be told by your eye doctor “I’m sorry, there’s nothing more we can do?” Have you been told that you’ll have to give up the activities you love because of your vision loss?

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Visit Our Newly-Opened Advanced Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic

Our newly-opened Advanced Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic provides a unique 2-hour experience in specialty low vision rehabilitation services to supplement traditional eye care, to help you maximize your residual vision to make it more functional so that you can see, do the activities you love and live independently again. The experience is often life changing.

Led by Dr. Kara Gagnon, renowned Doctor of Optometry with more than 20 years of experience in low vision optometry, a visit to our Advanced Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic can be life-altering:

  • Keep Your Job and Stay in Work
  • Go Back to School
  • Continue to Enjoy Your Hobbies and Interests
  • Read
  • Watch TV
  • See Facial Features Again

We say we can help you do everything but drive a car or fly a plane.

How? By helping you better understand your specific vision loss, by teaching you new skills like eccentric viewing to make the most of your remaining vision, and by using the latest vision technologies. We determine the best distance correction, levels of magnification (needed for different activities), tools and technology to maximize your residual vision.

At our Advanced Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic, we understand vision loss and have experts with decades’ worth of wisdom and proven success in helping people improve their quality of life and regain their independence. You will be shocked at the outcomes

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I spent the last 20 years being told by doctors that there is nothing more they can do, then I met with [Dr. Gagnon] and was reading within an hour.”

~Jim V., Connecticut

Benefits of Low Vision Rehabilitation

Gain Better Use of Your Remaining Vision

Our Advanced Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic helps people with vision loss gain skills and techniques to become very proficient with the vision they do have.

During your appointment, Dr. Gagnon will start with measuring your vision, determining your optimal distance prescription, and then she will evaluate and train eccentric viewing. Then, she will introduce tint to enhance your ability to see contrast, combined with a lighting evaluation. Lastly Dr. Gagnon will determine near magnification to meet your reading needs.

  • Determine Optimal Distance Prescription
  • Evaluate and Train Eccentric Viewing
  • Introduce Selective Custom Tints to Enhance your Contrast
  • Evaluate Lighting
  • Determine Optimal Magnification at Near

Dr. Gagnon determines your optimal distance prescription allowing you to see more clearly using eccentric viewing, and see facial features more easily. Then, she helps you to master seeing at near in order to read and see details more clearly up-close. Next, she works with your distance vision to watch tv or see a presenter or teacher and slide presentation with more clarity.  Finally, she corrects your intermediate or mid-distance levels to write, use a computer, and enjoy hobbies and interests at arms length. Her goal is to meet each and every one of your goals, greatly improving the quality of your day.

Find the Right Low Vision Tools and Technologies to Help You See Again

Low vision and blindness technologies are better than they have ever been and can be great resources to help you do the activities you love and regain your independence. But there are so many different types of low vision aids, how do you know which ones are best and which ones will work for you?

At the AdvancedLow Vision Rehabilitation Clinic you have access to every major low vision and blindness technology and device from every major supplier. We give you personalized recommendations and hands-on experience with the latest low vision aids that we think will work best for you.

Best of all, since none of our employees work off commission, we always make unbiased recommendations and will even tell you if a particular aid may not be a good fit for you.

Find Your Best Distance Prescription and Appropriate Level of Magnification

At the Advanced Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic, we do more than just use a formula for your expected magnification, we give you a directed, hands-on trial with graduated levels of magnification to find the power that best maximizes your vision and meets your goals. We determine the best magnification levels for different tasks, at different distances.

Find the “Sweet Spot” in Your Vision to Master Eccentric Viewing

Learn how to find the “sweet spot” in your vision (the viable part of your retina or remaining part of your visual field) where you can see clearly and the most information at a given distance. Master techniques on where your sweet spot is, how to get there and maintain it (by eliminating head turn), and how to use it with a device. This simple skill gives you the ability to control and access your remaining vision with “eccentric viewing” so that you repeatedly see best.

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Make an Appointment for our Advanced Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic

Vision loss is not the end. Call today to schedule your life-changing appointment with Dr. Kara Gagnon at the Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic.

The Advanced Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic by New England Low Vision and Blindness is located at:

1077 Bridgeport Avenue, Suite 103, Shelton, CT 06484