Low Vision

Low Vision and blindness can be the result of eye problems developed at birth or ocular disease later in life. AMD – Age related Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy are some of the leading causes of permanent vision loss. Dr. Edward Chan provides low vision service in conjunction with the CNIB – Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Specialized devices are shown to utilize the remaining vision available and enhance it to restore dignity and functional vision for daily life. Many of our patients have been told by their optometrists and ophthalmologists that they are permanently blind and there is nothing more they can do. For many years they haven’t see the faces of loved ones and aren’t even able to read a large print book. Conventional eyeglasses, contacts lenses and medical/surgical therapy are no longer helpful.

The clinic dispenses a variety of magnifers, filters and vision aids from suppliers such as Optelec, Aroga, and high quality German manufactured optics from Eschenbach and Schweitzer.

  • Illuminated Handheld and Stand Magnifiers
  • Digital Magnifiers such as the Pebble and Mobilux Digital
  • Contrast enhancing absorptive filters such as NoIR
  • Prescription Corning Medical Optics Photochromic Filters
  • High powered prismatic magnifying reading glasses
  • Distance Head-borne Telescopes
  • Near viewing binoculars
  • High powered near microscopes

ADP Funding info

Dr. Edward Chan is an authorized low vision provider with the ADP (Assistive Devices Program) run by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care of Ontario.  ADP program does NOT cover prescription eyeglasses/contact lenses (single vision, bifocal, or progressives) that can be dispensed by optical stores, but only specialty aids for the visually impaired & their usage requires training from low vision providers.

Qualification for low vision assessment at this clinic is determined after comprehensive eye exams BY:  a) your optometrist, b) your ophthalmologist, or c) referral from the CNIB with any of these professionals’ submitted report to us to indicate significant permanent vision loss in BOTH eyes.

Eligibility for any ADP funding will be determined by application to MOHLTC (approval process from the government takes 2-4 months) after mandatory low vision assessment by us.  Please note:  all low vision assessments by ADP-authorized optometrists in Ontario are not routine eye exams and are charged a professional fee that is not covered by OHIP / social assistance.  This assessment (demonstration, counseling & detailed instructions of a variety of vision aids, plus determining ADP qualification) usually lasts 1 to 1.5 hours.

To inquire about the referral process needed for Low Vision assessment & related fee, feel free to call 905-887-8907.

 

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