Low Vision Solutions That Enhances People’s Lives

Your Low Vision Optometrist in Garden City, New York

When your medical eye doctor says, “nothing more can be done,” contact a low vision optometrist. Low Vision Center At Schoenbart Vision Care is one of over 40 optometrist practices in North America that has helped thousands of low vision patients live independently, fulfilling lives after others told them it wouldn’t be possible.

Thanks to the doctor’s knowledge, dedication, and experience, patients can do what they enjoy: drive, read, work, play, cook, or recognize people’s faces.

Most people classified as blind still retain some ability to see. They often have significantly impaired vision but can discern light, shapes, or other figures. Low vision refers to a class of visual impairment that cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses.

A number of conditions may cause low vision, and actual visual abilities may vary by individual. A thorough assessment by an eye care provider can help you determine the severity of your visual impairment and identify potential avenues for treatment.

Call Dr. Schoenbart who is trained to design special glasses that can make a difference and is a member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists.

Call for a personal consultation and find out if you are a candidate for low vision glasses.

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Location

901 Stewart Ave, Ste 202
Garden City, NY 11530

Hours

Monday: 9:30AM – 5:30PM
Tuesday: 9:30AM – 5:30PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9:30AM – 6:30PM
Friday: 9:30AM – 2:30PM
Saturday: 8:30AM – 2:30PM
Sunday: Closed

Dr Steve Schoenbart

Dr. Schoenbart

What is a Low Vision Optometrist?

Our goal is for you to reclaim the ability to carry out tasks that are important to you. Such an activity could be driving a car, reading the paper, recognizing faces, watching TV, playing cards or board games, cooking, and anything that matters in your life.

As a member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) – a network of low vision optometrists – Dr. Schoenbart intensively studied low vision care. We are committed to maximizing our patient’s vision and help them live their best lives.

Causes That Lead to Low Vision

Low vision is an eye condition that cannot be corrected with conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses. Its causes are usually due to injury, disease, or genetics and include:

Serving patients in Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn, New York City, and throughout New York.

  • Macular Degeneration: Wet or Dry
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration (i.e., Stargardt’s disease, Best disease, etc.)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy – a complication of diabetes affecting eyesight
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa – leads to contraction of the visual field
  • Glaucoma – damage to the optical nerve due to inner eye pressure
  • Cataracts – a clouding of the eye lens
  • Hemianopsia – the loss of part of the visual field
  • Albinism – the lack of pigments in the back of the eye
  • Other Vision-Limiting Conditions
Low Vision Doctor

I would not use anyone else.

My visits are always handled in a professional manner by everyone…great friendly staff. Dr. Handell is a most competent professional and has always helped me with the correct vision prescription and the latest techniques. I have been seeing her for more than 15 years. I would not use anyone else.

Jerry P. Garden City, NY

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Considered Low Vision?

A person is typically considered “legally blind” if he or she has vision that cannot be corrected to better than 20/200. The World Health Organization defines low vision by degree of impairment.

Someone whose best corrected vision (in his or her best eye) is 20/70 to 20/160 has moderate low vision; vision in the 20/200 to 20/400 range is considered severe low vision; from 20/500 to 20/1,000 is profound low vision; and less than 20/1,000 is near total blindness. Only if someone cannot discern any light is he or she considered to be totally blind.

So what does this mean for you? If you have a visual condition that prevents your visual abilities to be fully corrected to near 20/20, you may have low vision. Significant loss of visual field, such as the inability to see in peripheral areas, is also considered low vision.

What Are Causes of Low Vision

Low vision does not refer to a single etiology of vision loss. Rather, it is a cluster of conditions that significantly impair visual abilities. Common causes of low vision include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, cataracts, or glaucoma.

Many of these conditions are associated with aging, and older adults are more likely to experience low vision. However, traumatic brain injury, eye injuries, and some genetic conditions can cause low vision at any age.

What About Diagnosis and Treatment?

A thorough optometry exam is the best way to diagnose low vision. Your eye care provider will test your visual acuity, visual fields, and ability to detect color and contrast. Although by definition, low vision cannot be corrected by prescription glasses or surgery, some therapeutic options can help you continue activities of daily living.

Magnifying devices, using large-print materials, and increasing contrast may facilitate everyday activities. Other aids, such as books-on-tape or talking watches may also be helpful. Discuss your visual impairment with your optometrist to come up with a plan to improve your quality of life despite low vision.

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Location

901 Stewart Ave, Ste 202
Garden City, NY 11530

Hours

Monday: 9:30AM – 5:30PM
Tuesday: 9:30AM – 5:30PM
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 9:30AM – 6:30PM
Friday: 9:30AM – 2:30PM
Saturday: 8:30AM – 2:30PM
Sunday: Closed

Low Vision Resources

A Low Vision Optometrist's Tool Box

Genuine care and hands-on advice are our primary ingredients to ensure complete low vision services. Talk to our low vision expert in Garden City about your concerns, and we will help optimize your surroundings to accommodate your visual needs better. As an example, improved lighting makes a significant difference for many eye conditions.

Low Vision Glasses

The advantage of glasses is that they allow you to be mobile and use your hands freely. Many patients have kept their driver’s license and independence thanks to bioptic telescope glasses, E-Scoop glasses, or side-vision awareness glasses. Theater lovers can benefit from full-diameter telescope glasses to enjoy performances. Prismatic glasses are primarily used for reading.

These are only a few of the many low vision glasses available for low vision patients. Dr. Schoenbart will help you to find the best solution for you.

Low Vision Aids and Deveices

Magnification is key for optimizing vision. Closed-circuit television (CCTV), video magnifiers are available as hand-held devices or as a stand-mounted version. You can install special software to enhance contrast and colors on your computer screen. Other software can increase the font size to whatever is comfortable for you.

Advanced equipment utilizes virtual reality, image processing algorithms, or audio feedback to assist with almost any task you want to accomplish. Go for it!