Telescopic Lenses and Benefits
It seems that those with retinal disorders like macular degeneration are very familiar with the need for magnification for close up work – like reading, writing bills, and performing hobbies. Reading magnifiers are usually the first visual aid obtained by those with low vision. However, there is less awareness for the need to magnify distance vision. Even though most people have used binoculars before to watch a sporting event, a theater production or just for bird watching, they often don’t associate that this same technology can be useful to their everyday living. Telescopic glasses not only allow objects or views to appear larger, but thanks to high definition optics, also brighter and clearer.
Ocutech a company that develops and offers bioptic telescopes explains the importance of bioptic vision this way, “Distance vision … is often a public activity, and impacts social interaction and hence quality of life. The loss of the ability to see body language and make eye contact can be isolating and can contribute to depression amongst the visually impaired. Loss of distance vision usually impacts independence and self-worth much more so than loss of reading and it cannot readily be replaced through other modalities.”