Patients with low vision, either from childhood or developed later in life from Macular Degeneration or Glaucoma, have many options when it comes to finding an assistive device to help with daily activities. First, patients usually undergo Low Vision Rehabilitation where they can learn how to use their remaining vision with their daily activities. At that time they may be shown various devices that can help them maximize their vision.
Traditionally, patients may opt for a magnifying device, whether it is handheld or on a stand. Magnifiers usually work best when held directly on the page or object. Sometimes patients think that the larger the magnifier the better, but it is actually quite the opposite. Larger magnifiers have more distortion and don’t work as well as some of the smaller devices. This option may be best for those patients looking for a small portable device to carry in their pocket or purse for using while on the go, and may not be the best option for some avid readers or those with greater needs.
There are more advanced devices that use a computer to magnify the image or text and project it on a monitor in larger format. These can be very useful for patients, but tend to be on the more expensive end.
An alternative and less expensive device may be a tablet. It is lighter than a laptop and more portable for patients to carry around than a monitor and projector. You can adjust the brightness on the screen, enlarge the font size, use the voice interface, take photos of items and use the zoom function, and download applications to help with daily activities. These days there are many options on the market and it can be difficult to choose the right one. CNET lists the best tablets of 2014, with the top being the iPad Air, Samsung Galaxy, and Google Nexus (read more here). Another option for those people that just want a device for reading and like to read outside is an e-reader, such as the original Amazon Kindle and Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (has a built in light). You can visit a Best Buy, Apple Store, Office supply store (Office Depot, Office Max, or Staples), Nebraska Furniture Mart or Barnes & Noble to look at some of these devices and try them out before you buy.
There are also many applications available to patients with low vision that can helpful to download and use on these tablets. EyeSmart lists some of them on their website in this article (also seen below).
Both Apple- and Android-based smartphones and tablets offer a range of apps and built-in functions to help people with low vision:
Magnify. iRead, iLoupe, and Magnify use your device’s camera and light source to magnify and illuminate text. While these apps won’t match the power of a CCTV, they’re portable, less-expensive alternatives for those who need some level of magnification. Browse your Apple or Android app store for pricing and availability.
Smart money. EyeNote is a free app available for Apple products that scans and identifies the denomination of U.S. paper money by reading aloud or emitting an ascending number of beeps or pulsed vibrations for each bill.
SightBook. This free app digitally communicates your vision changes to your ophthalmologist by measuring your visual function with a set of near vision tests. Significant changes in vision are recorded and then sent wirelessly to your doctor. The app is free and available on iTunes. Visit www.digisight.net for more information to share with your Eye M.D.
MapQuest. Available for Apple and Android phones, the MapQuest app provides voice-guided directions and tells the driver when to turn. If you make a wrong turn, MapQuest will re-route you automatically.
Voice interface. Siri, the voice recognition system on the iPhone 4S, can be a helpful low-vision aid as it allows the user to check the weather, email, or their calendar without having to visually navigate a series of icons. Android-based phones also have voice-recognition capability allowing the user to dictate texts or emails without having to type.
If you are looking for help or know someone who would benefit from low vision rehabilitation, please contact us at 913.341.3100. We offer Low Vision Services and also refer patients with greater needs to Alphapoint for occupational therapy. It is always best to consult a medical professional first before purchasing any medical devices, so you can make sure you are getting the right one that fits your needs and your lifestyle.
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The doctors at Kansas City Eye Clinic recommend the Omega Shield for those diagnosed with Dry Eye Syndrome or Blepharitis (dysfunction of the oil glands in the eye lids). For patients diagnosed with Macular Degeneration, the AREDS2 formulation contains the recommended supplements to help slow or prevent progression of the disease. Always consult your doctor before taking any supplements or medications to see what is best for you and your eyes.
We sell the Omega Shield and Macular Shield AREDS2 in our office for $24.95, but you can also order them straight from their website using the Affliate ID: 10398. Each bottle is a one month supply. Sign up for the 3 month or 6 month auto-ship program and receive free shipping!
EyeSmart is a fantastic resource for patients to learn about eye disease and eye surgery. Please visit their website here. Below are some facts about Cataract Surgery.
Most people don’t realize that their vision has decreased because cataracts are very slow growing and can take many years to mature. A cataract is your own natural lens inside your eye that has become more yellow, dense, and clouded over time. Compare this to a lens in a camera. If it changes color and becomes foggy, things will appear blurrier and colors more dull. We have had many patients come in after surgery and complain to us about the color they painted the living room or bathroom, or their favorite suit they thought was one color and it was actually another.
During cataract surgery, the surgeon will remove your cataract and replace it with a clear lens implant that has been measured to fit your eye. There are many lens implant options for those patients who wish to reduce their need for glasses, ask your doctor if you qualify for them. Technology has improved and cataract surgery is a very safe and nearly painless outpatient procedure, with many patients seeing marked improvement the day after surgery. Get yearly eye exams with your optometrist or ophthalmologist to observe your cataracts and vision over time. Call the Kansas City Eye Clinic at 913.341.3100 to inquire about cataract surgery or make your appointment with one of our qualified surgeons.
From Dr. Sonia Yoo, M.D., professor of ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Health System, and Dr. James Salz, M.D., a Los-Angeles based refractive and cataract surgeon and clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. See Article Here.
Mark it on your calendars!
KANSAS CITY EYE CLINIC OPTICAL SHOP TRUNK SHOW
Wednesday April 23, 2014 12:00-6:00pm
We will be featuring newly released 2014 Spring and Summer styles from these special designers: PRADA, RAY BAN, TORY BURCH, VOGUE, and all RALPH LAUREN brands.
Buy a featured frame and receive HALF OFF your prescription lenses.
Enjoy this summer with 30% off non-prescription sunglasses featured the day of the event.
When you make a purchase, you are automatically entered to win free frames or lenses (drawing will take place at the end of the event).
Discounts are not to be combined with insurance or other offers.
Keep posted to our Website, Facebook and Twitter for more information.
With all the recent changes to healthcare and a new year just around the corner, we want to continue to provide high quality eye care to our patients without slowing you down. 2012 brought many challenges with the implementation of a new Electronic Medical Records (EMR) system, converting our old paper chart method entirely to the computer. This year, 2013, our 30-year-old office underwent a major renovation to the back office to bring you a new, fresh look with updated equipment and exam rooms. Now we are looking to 2014, with many new challenges on the horizon with the healthcare law. While most of this, our patients never see, we are tirelessly working behind the scenes so your visit is as seamless as it has been in the past. Below are a few tips you can do to make your visit to the Kansas City Eye Clinic as easy as pie:
- Remember to bring your current insurance card with you to your appointment. If you have vision insurance (VSP, EyeMed, Superior), please let the front desk know so we can pull an authorization for your visit.
- Bring your last glasses and/or contact lens boxes or prescription with you so we know what you are currently wearing.
- If you are a new patient, please go on to our website and fill out your patient information and health history form prior to your visit: https://www.www.kceyeclinic.com/patient-form/ and when you arrive just tell the receptionist you filled it out online and they will put the documents into your chart for you. This will save you about 10-15 minutes worth of paperwork in the waiting room.
- If you are an established patient and you have not been seen for a year or more, you can print the health history form pages 4-6 here: https://www.www.kceyeclinic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/New-Pateint.pdf and bring them into your appointment to save you time.
- If you do not have access to our website, please bring in a copy of your current medication list, major surgeries, and health conditions. This will help the technician easily update your information. We must update your health history once a year to stay current.
- If you are coming in for a yearly exam, you will most likely be dilated so bring your sunglasses with you (we also provide some very stylish disposable ones if you forget). Dilation allows the doctor to get a clear view of the back of your eye to rule out any pathology or to continue to monitor any previously diagnosed conditions. It is extremely critical for all diabetics and people with a family history of macular degeneration or glaucoma to be followed with yearly dilated exams. With dilation you can still see at a distance and most everyone can drive themselves home, however the computer and near vision will be blurry for about 4-6 hours before resolving.
- If you have been referred by another eye doctor or physician, if necessary, please make sure they send your records prior to the appointment so that the doctor may review them. We will send a letter and any necessary information back to them to keep them updated on your condition.
- If you would like a copy of your exam, please let the technician know so one may be printed for you before arriving at checkout.
- Refractions (what the technician/doctor performs to see if there is a need or has been a change in your glasses or contacts prescription) are not covered by Medicare and most medical insurance plans; you may be asked for payment of this service at checkout. Some medical insurances carry some routine vision coverage, please check with your insurance, and Vision Plans such as VSP, EyeMed and Superior Vision will grant one routine vision check per calendar year which includes a refraction.
- We always work to stay as close as possible on schedule, however emergencies do arise. If you have waited longer than 20 minutes in the waiting room, please let the front desk know so that we may try to resolve the issue. Please allow about an hour for a yearly check-up and about one and a half hours for a surgical evaluation. If you are pressed for time, we always recommend making your appointment first thing in the morning or first thing after lunch to ensure timeliness. We will try to accommodate all appointment requests, however the doctor’s schedules do not always allow for us to do so. We do recommend calling about 3 months before your scheduled recall to make your yearly appointment; all postcard reminders are mailed out around this time. If you wish to be seen sooner, you can check our Twitter account or Facebook page for appointment cancellations which are updated daily if there are any available.
- At this time we are accepting many major medical insurances, including Medicare and beginning Jan 1st will begin to accept those plans bought on the Marketplace. However, we strongly suggest that you check with your insurance plan to make sure that the doctor you are seeing is “In-network” so that you do not have any unpleasant surprises. Please be prepared to pay any copays at the time of checkout. If you are Self-pay, please let the front desk know when you make your appointment.
We hope this helps ease the stress of your appointment and is a helpful guide to what you can expect during your visit. If at any time during your visit you are unsatisfied, please let someone know. We take pride in our long-standing relationship with the Kansas City area and continue to strive everyday to provide high quality eye care with a personal touch.
December 7, 2013
Kansas City Eye Clinic hosted its annual Holiday Party at Milburn Country Club this year. We were very excited to see their new facilities since the rebuild was completed earlier this year. We had about 30 employees (plus each brought a guest) in attendance for the night. We honored Victoria and Leslie for their 5 year anniversary and Diane for 15 years of wonderful service!
After a fabulous cocktail hour and buffet dinner, the employees participated in A Minute to Win It challenge and a White Elephant gift exchange.
Dr. Ketcherside won the Face the Cookie challenge: put an Oreo on your forehead and eat it without using any arms or hands…he used the curtain behind him to bounce it off of and catch it in his mouth, it may be cheating, but he gets style points for sure!
Dr. Bodker opened a Panda Stocking cap (after his first 2 gifts were stolen away), only to have it stolen by Dr. Migliazzo! You let us know “Who wore it best?”
Dr. Nichols really liked Jason’s hat, but he decided to open the last gift on the table instead, and ended up with The Grinch boxers. We think he’s wishing he would have stolen the hat.
We ended the night with the Three Sara(h)’s and Mary giving us an acappella rendition of Santa Baby.
November 15-19, 2013
Each year the American Academy of Ophthalmology holds a meeting for all ophthalmologists, technicians/assistants, and executives in order for them to continue their education, strengthen their skills, and expand their minds. This year the annual meeting was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA. Additionally, companies related to Ophthalmology are invited to attend and showcase themselves at Exhibition Hall which spans (almost) the entire length of the Convention Center (which was 3/4 mile in length and made for some great exercise).
Dr. Bodker attended his Specialty Meeting on Friday for the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Also in attendance were both of our Glaucoma and Cataract surgeons, Dr. Carl Migliazzo and Dr. Sara O’Connell.
Our Practice Administrator and Assistant attended the American Association of Ophthalmology Executives meeting. At the opening session, the AAOE Board of Directors was introduced (which includes our very own Practice Administrator) and everyone enjoyed a marvelous guest speaker, Scott Deming, who spoke about creating the ultimate patient experience.
On Friday, the doctors and technicians who attended the meeting went to dinner at Mulate’s for some New Orleans cajun cooking.
Our doctors and staff also explored other areas and landmarks of New Orleans during their stay.