The Optometrists of Choice in Pottstown, PA

As the leading eye care facility in Montgomery County, we offer complete care for you and your family.

Low Vision Rehabilitation services are often recommended for patients suffering from a visual impairment not correctable by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.

This decrease in vision may be attributed to macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes, stroke or head trauma.  Visual impairment is unfortunately a common affliction of older adults.  In fact, 14 million Americans – one out of every twenty – suffer with “low vision”.

The National Eye Institute, a division of the Federal Government’s National Institutes (NIH), has done extensive research in the field of visual impairment, or “low vision”, during recent years.  More than $22 billion is spent annually in the United States on care and services for the blind and visually impaired.  Even with this huge cost and renewed focus on the subject there is a definite lack of awareness.

In our practice, special time and emphasis is placed on working with patients suffering visual impairment.  Dr. Linda Whitaker handles this aspect of our office.  Her experience includes serving a Clinical Externship at the William Feinbloom Low Vision Rehabilitation Center at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where she was recognized with honors in patient care.

In working with low vision patients, the activities cited as being most affected by visual impairment are driving and reading.  Cooking, sewing and other daily activities are often negatively affected as well.  It is very east to understand how visual impairment may lead to drastically reduced overall quality of life.

Unfortunately, lost vision may not be completely restored in many cases.  However, Low Vision Rehabilitation Services in our practice aids patients in effectively using their remaining sight.  Emphasis is placed on the functional difficulties patients face in their daily lives, and practical solutions may be given.  Dr. Whitaker works to improve patient’s sight in the following ways:

  1. By learning to maximize their environment for everyday activities, such as better lighting, improving contacts, enlarged print, and/or the changing of viewing distances.
  2. By using specific optical and electronic devices such as magnifiers, telescopes, and specialized eyeglasses to improve their ability to see detail to make reading and television viewing more enjoyable.
  3. By using computers and Smart technology (iPad or tablet) applications and cameras for everyday activities such as reading, grooming, cooking and shopping.
  4. By learning to use their remaining vision through different eye movement tasks.
  5. By discovering resources that are available to those with low vision.

Most importantly, Dr. Whitaker will help patients with visual impairment discover the many resources available to them in Montgomery County.  Advances in Low Vision Rehabilitation today allow patients to pursue their interests, remain mobile and independent, and improve their overall quality of life.

Find Us

Primary Eyecare Associates
2087 East High Street
Pottstown PA 19464-3211
Telephone Number: (610) 323-0133

Our Hours

Mon., Tues.: 9:00 - 7:00
Wednesday: 9:00 - 5:00
Thursday: 8:00 - 3:00
Friday: 8:00 - 2:00