Not only is Chuck Schuler, 78, seeing more since his visit to the Low Vision Center at Phillips Eye Institute – he is also smiling more.
After macular degeneration caused permanent vision loss in both eyes, Schuler’s ophthalmologist referred him to the Low Vision Center.
A low vision specialist evaluated Schuler. Then he saw an occupational therapist with skills in low vision therapy. She helped Schuler learn about devices that help address vision deficits.
Schuler was able to try several devices at home before deciding what to purchase. Now he uses a reading machine with a 22-inch screen to read books, magazines and the newspaper. He also uses a low vision telescope – a special lens attached to a pair of glasses -- to watch television.
“Every one there was so helpful,” said Schuler. “I can function better, I smile more, and it makes life closer to what it was before my vision declined,” he said.
For more information, call the Low Vision Center at 612-775-8866.