Low vision is a loss of eyesight that makes everyday tasks difficult. A person with low vision may find it difficult or impossible to accomplish activities such as writing, reading, watching television, shopping, driving a car or recognizing faces.
Joan Draper, M.D. is a Board-certified ophthalmologist and The Eye Care Group’s low vision specialist. Dr. Draper provides a full range of services to help improve the quality of life for patients with visual loss from advanced glaucoma, optic nerve disease, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, stroke, or any form of visual impairment. During your consultation, a thorough evaluation will help determine which optical or electronic device best fits your needs depending on the type and degree of your visual loss and your ability to handle various devices. We recommend that you plan on an initial appointment length of approximately two hours. With her personal experience of suffering optic nerve damage due to illness, Dr. Draper brings a unique, humane touch to her specialty. Dr. Draper provides a variety of vision rehabilitation devices and technology, including:
- Reading Lamps
- Low Vision Magnifiers
- Desktop and Hand-held Telescope
- Telescopic Glasses
- Filters and Tinted Lenses
- Closed Circuit Televisions
- Computer and Internet Technology
In addition, you will have 24-hour access to one of our doctors 7 days a week for ocular emergencies. On your initial visit, expect that we will perform refraction and a thorough examination; therefore we recommend that you plan on an appointment length of approximately two hours. Please plan on arriving either 15 minutes early or complete the registration form prior to your appointment.