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. Chan and Dr. Chong provide low vision service in conjunction with the CNIB – Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

We provide specialized devices to utilized 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.

We use 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 and Dr. Terri Chong are authorized low vision providers with the ADP (Assistive Devices Program) run by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care of Ontario. Qualification for low vision assessment as a result of significant permanent vision loss is determined after a comprehensive eye exam by:  a) your previous optometrist or b) your ophthalmologist, or by referral from the CNIB.  Eligibility for ADP funding will be determined by application to MOHLTC after the low vision assessment.

To inquire more about the referral process for Low Vision assessment, please call our office at 905-887-8907.

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) usually lasts 1 to 1.5 hours.

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