Low Vision Specialist
The Stiles Eye Group offers a program to help those with low vision. The goal is to improve the quality of life for people with low vision by providing optical devices to help to overcome the handicapping effects of visual loss.
Many of these patients exhibit macular degeneration or diabetic eye disease, among others.
In Optometric practice since 1978, Dr. Stiles saw a need to help low vision patients and, in 1989 completed an externship in low vision at the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired in Houston, Texas, under the direction of Dr. Randy Jose, a pioneer in the relatively new field of low vision.
The Stiles Eye Group is one of the few providers of Low Vision care in the Arkansas-Oklahoma River Valley region
Of all the conditions that cause vision loss, the most common eye condition to benefit from low vision services and optical devices is macular degeneration. It is also referred to as age related macular degeneration (AMD) because it is an eye disorder among people over 50. AMD is the leading cause of permanent impairment of reading and fine or close-up vision among people aged 65 years and older. It causes blurred or reduced central vision. The macula is the part of the retina responsible for clear vision in your direct line of sight.
Over time, central vision may worsen and affect the ability to do things, such as read, drive, or recognize faces. But this doesn’t mean a total loss of sight. Vision loss is typically central and peripheral vision is not affected. Some people have only mild central vision loss, while in others it can be more severe.
Because early detection and self-care measures may delay vision loss due to dry macular degeneration, it is important to have a yearly vision and eye health exam.
When conventional eyeglasses, contact lenses, or surgery are not able to correct vision, The Stiles Eye Group is ready to help by prescribing specific low vision devices. These may include special glasses, hand held magnifiers, small telescopic aids, electronic devices, or other adaptive devices. These devices help to compensate for the loss of central vision to help minimize the effects of vision loss to help patients with their activities of daily life.