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Low Vision Services

Immaculate Degeneration Assistance in Minnesota

We are a specialist optometric practice that offers low vision rehabilitation options for patients who are experiencing a significant level of degenerative eye disease. If you’re finding that completing everyday activities is a struggle due to impaired vision or are unable to enjoy the hobbies you used to once love, we can often find an appropriate solution.

Thorough Evaluation of Your Existing Vision

When you start your treatment with us, the first thing we do is to complete a thorough assessment of your existing vision in order to establish what level of eyesight still remains. Often, we are able to make use of a small amount of vision, enhancing it with appropriate lenses until it’s possible to enjoy a reasonable degree of sight.

Low Vision Glasses

Our team has access to a wide range of surgical-grade optical devices that can be customized to your individual visual requirements. Options include telescopic eyeglasses as well as a number of other choices. The eye wear we provide is designed to assist the wearer in performing a particular task – whether you want to be able to drive again, embroider or read, we can often come up with a way to enable you to do so.

Low Vision Optometry Available in Minnesota

The service we provide includes a full low vision assessment, as well as the provision of eyeglasses that are tailored to enable the wearer to complete a specific activity that’s important to them. We know how distressing losing valuable vision can be, which is why we always do whatever we can to help our patients enjoy an improved level of sight through the use of appropriate optical aids. To find out more about our service, or book an appointment, call us at (612) 729-3030 or (888) 882-2040.

Telescopic Eyeglasses

Miniature Binoculars inserted into eyeglasses are called TELESCOPIC SPECTACLES. The patient’s eyeglass prescription as well as the highest quality optics must be used in the system for maximum clarity. Telescopic spectacles can be for one eye (monocular) or two eyes (binocular). The telescope can be mounted in various positions in the glasses.

Bioptic Position

Smaller telescopes mounted high in the glasses allow the person to view through either the telescope or the “carrier”, the regular prescription lens, by simply moving the head slightly up or down. This position is used for tasks like walking, driving, theater, at sporting events, church or travel.


Full Diameter Position

Either small or larger telescopes are placed in the center of the frame for tasks not requiring mobility. They are used for reading, television, card playing, or simply enjoying seeing the faces of those in conversation.


Near Position

Two telescopes can be “converged” for use at near when reading or performing fine detailed tasks. Telescopes vary in power, field, weight, focusable and non-focusable. Telescopic optics is very complex. The knowledge and experience of the doctor in designing and fitting is extremely important in determining what is best for you. Dr. Palmer has designed and fit thousands of patients with telescopic spectacles and are extremely experienced in this area of optometry. Cost varies with the prescription needed in the system and the type of telescopes ordered. This can be discussed during the FREE TELEPHONE INTERVIEW.


Custom Position

Telescopes can be placed in any position and at any angle a task demands. For example, an of custom telescope was designed for a student who needed one telescope angled down for reading and writing and the other up for seeing the teacher and the chalkboard. Telescopes vary in power, field, weight, focusable and non-focusable. Telescopic optics is very complex. The knowledge and experience of the doctor in designing and fitting is extremely important in determining what is best for you. Dr. Palmer has designed and fit thousands of patients with telescopic spectacles and are extremely experienced in this area of optometry. Cost varies with the prescription needed in the system and the type of telescopes ordered. This can be discussed during the FREE TELEPHONE INTERVIEW.

Microscope Eyeglasses

Microscope Eyeglasses are double lens systems that combine the patients eyeglass prescription with the amount of magnification needed. The amount of magnification depends upon the level of remaining vision and the size of the material to be seen. These state of the art optical systems require two lenses piggybacked to reduce the blur and aberrations caused by high powered lenses. Because they require a close working distance, they are usually used with one eye (monocular).

Prismatic Eyeglasses

Prismatic eyeglasses can be single or double lens systems and incorporate prism to allow the two eyes to work together. They are useful for patients whose eyes are approximately equal in vision and do not require high magnification.

Introducing the E-Scoop®

The E-Scoop® lens was developed to bridge the gap between standard eyeglasses and head borne telescopes. Whether your difficulty be night driving, bright light, sunlight, or simply seeing clearly in the distance, the E-Scoop® lens placed over a standard eyeglass prescription will help you see better. The E-Scoop® lens is comprised of five basic optical properties: custom yellow tint, anti-reflective coating, special lens thickness, base curve, and base up prism. When these five optical properties are combined into the E-Scoop lens, the image is enhanced and shifted to a different part of the macula allowing the patient to see better.