The benefits of bioptics for individuals with Albinism and Stargardt’s Disease


Bioptics can provide lifelong benefits for those born with visual impairments.

Albino woman wearing bioptics and working at a computer

Individuals who are born with a visual impairment such as Albinism or who develop it in their younger years such as Stargardt’s Disease are disadvantaged in their ability to maximize their academic, occupational and social lives.

Distance vision is our SOCIAL SENSE. We use it to make eye contact, read body language, and to interact with the world around us.

While reading may be the first issue that visually impaired individuals will notice, it is not the only factor that will impact their lives, their personal potential, and even their happiness.

Reduced distance vision reduces one’s independence and confines individuals both in their geographic area but also in their ability to increase their personal and economic opportunities.

people socializing

How can bioptic telescopes help?

A low vision telescope magnifies the retinal image making things more visible and can provide near-normal visual acuity. When the telescope is attached to the top of eyeglasses, called a bioptic, the user can quickly, easily and conveniently alternate their vision between their normal vision and that of the telescope, providing sharp vision when they need it.


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