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The chief complaint requiring a magnifier

Reading is the number one complaint of our low vision patients. Thankfully many forms of magnification can help in most cases in the form of traditional magnifiers. While this might not be the magic pair of eyeglasses that they were hoping for, restoring their vision and working distance to what it once was, it can be a necessary tool.

Magnifiers come in different varieties, hand held, stand or dome, with or without light, have a replaceable or rechargeable battery and now one even has a self-charging console. However finding the right magnifier for your patients’ needs and the proper amount of magnification is only half the battle. Many of our low vision patients often find them difficult to use, using improperly or unknowingly are using the wrong amount of power. Here are some magnifier tips that may help.

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Bryan Wolynski
Co-Associate Editor, Retina & Low Vision for Bryan Wolynski is a 2000 graduate of NECO and completed a residency in Primary Care at NOVA. Bryan has been in the eye care field for over 25 years and currently maintains a practice in New York City where he provides primary eye care and low vision evaluations. Bryan consults on mobile eye care for the Florida Heiken Children’s Vision Program and on Low Vision for the Miami Lighthouse and OrCam Technologies. He has presented cases at SECO, AAO and has spoken at AOA. He has provided CE lectures to Optometrists, Opticians and to the Association of School Nurses. Bryan has also spoken to the Florida State Senate and the Department of Health for children’s eye care advocacy and mobile eye care. He has also spoken on the topic of low vision at many low vision conferences throughout the country as well as internationally including the United Nations. Bryan is a Fellow of the AAO, a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, The Optometric Society, and the AOA.

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