Low Vision Resource Center | Eyes of New Mexico Family Optometry

How to take advantage of resources for people with low vision.

Low vision is a term that describes a condition where there is significant visual impairment. Glasses, contact lenses, surgery, or medication cannot correct low vision. It can include significant loss of visual field, tunnel vision, the loss of best-corrected visual acuity, and legal blindness. There are a number of conditions or diseases that cause low vision including:

  • Cataracts that can cause hazy or blurry vision
  • Macular degeneration that can cause central vision to be blurry or partially obscured
  • Diabetic retinopathy which causes blurriness, visual distortions, and blind spots
  • Glaucoma which can lead to poor peripheral vision
  • Retinitis pigmentosa which diminishes the ability to see in the dark as well as impacting peripheral vision
  • Eye injuries and hereditary conditions can also lead to low vision

Loss of vision can be traumatic, frightening, and overwhelming, not only for the individual but for their family as well. Vision loss in adults can lead to depression, loss of productivity, inability to work and provide for their family, loss of independence, and health issues that stem from diminished quality of life and decreased mobility. In children, loss of vision can lead to learning problems, failing to meet milestones, difficulty developing social skills, and injury from the inability to see where they’re going. 

At Eyes of NM, we are working hard to make sure our low vision patients have the resources they need to live happy, healthy, productive, normal lives, even with vision loss. You’ll find some of these resources here (insert link).

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Driving Solutions for the Visually Impaired

Did you know you can still drive while visually impaired if you have the right tools? The law in New Mexico allows drivers who are visually impaired to use a bioptic telescope when they’re behind the wheel. There are some restrictions, however.

In New Mexico, your vision must be better than 20/40 in at least one eye to take the driving test for a non-restricted license. Unlike in Arizona, you are not allowed to take the driving test with the bioptic telescope. It takes a lot of training and practice to learn to drive while using one, but it can help you be more independent and help you get back on the road again.

We can fit you with bioptic telescopes and fit them to a pair of glasses. We’ll get you set up with a custom prescription and training on use, information on when you can and cannot use them while driving, and how to get into and out of the telescope quickly while driving.

Your front office person Amy is very personable, Bryan is very informative and nice. Thank you Eyes of NM!

Christina Flores

5.0
2019-04-24T13:29:37+00:00

Christina Flores

Your front office person Amy is very personable, Bryan is very informative and nice. Thank you Eyes of NM!
The costumer service was so great and welcoming I felt right at home and so did my daughter.

Monique Atencio

5.0
2019-04-24T13:30:21+00:00

Monique Atencio

The costumer service was so great and welcoming I felt right at home and so did my daughter.
I walked out of the office today with the biggest smile on my face, the new contacts that Dr. Martinez put me in are absolutely amazing!

Natalia Beraun

5.0
2019-04-24T13:38:58+00:00

Natalia Beraun

I walked out of the office today with the biggest smile on my face, the new contacts that Dr. Martinez put me in are absolutely amazing!
These people are great...I know this because I was treated like my life actually mattered...

Meansue K.

5.0
2019-04-24T13:39:34+00:00

Meansue K.

These people are great...I know this because I was treated like my life actually mattered...
We always have a great experience with Dr. Martinez and staff. She is the best eye doctor for children.

Tanya Garcia

5.0
2019-04-24T13:40:48+00:00

Tanya Garcia

We always have a great experience with Dr. Martinez and staff. She is the best eye doctor for children.
The staff has also done an amazing job with him getting him checked in and making him feel comfortable.

Andrea Garcia

5.0
2019-04-24T13:41:23+00:00

Andrea Garcia

The staff has also done an amazing job with him getting him checked in and making him feel comfortable.
Very friendly and professional staff from making the appointment to walking out the door. The best experience I've had in a long time!

Jamie Brown

5.0
2019-04-24T13:44:09+00:00

Jamie Brown

Very friendly and professional staff from making the appointment to walking out the door. The best experience I've had in a long time!
I took my 6 year old here and The overall esperance was great. customer service was excellent.

Peter Lokke

5.0
2019-04-24T14:00:12+00:00

Peter Lokke

I took my 6 year old here and The overall esperance was great. customer service was excellent.
This is a wonderful practice!! Doctors are very knowledgeable and staff is very friendly and helpful. Thank you Eyes of NM

Melanie Melancon

5.0
2019-04-24T14:00:51+00:00

Melanie Melancon

This is a wonderful practice!! Doctors are very knowledgeable and staff is very friendly and helpful. Thank you Eyes of NM
Dr.Molinar is simply wonderful and from the second she walked into the exam room I was perfectly and completely at ease and trust her.

Yvette Webb

5.0
2019-04-24T14:01:37+00:00

Yvette Webb

Dr.Molinar is simply wonderful and from the second she walked into the exam room I was perfectly and completely at ease and trust her.
Dr Molina is so nice and competent. She took the time to fully evaluate my eye health by comparing last years exam to the current exam.

Nichole

5.0
2019-04-24T14:02:18+00:00

Nichole

Dr Molina is so nice and competent. She took the time to fully evaluate my eye health by comparing last years exam to the current exam.
Me and my sons had a very AWESOME 1st time visit..Staff are very professional and NICE.

Audrey Chino

5.0
2019-04-24T14:02:50+00:00

Audrey Chino

Me and my sons had a very AWESOME 1st time visit..Staff are very professional and NICE.
Dr. Molinar-Arguello was friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough. I found out things about my eye problems that no other doctor has told me.

Daniel

5.0
2019-04-24T15:25:54+00:00

Daniel

Dr. Molinar-Arguello was friendly, knowledgeable, and thorough. I found out things about my eye problems that no other doctor has told me.
Dr. Martinez and her staff are very professional, polite, and thorough. My husband and I will definitely be returning.

Hannah Force

5.0
2019-04-24T15:27:47+00:00

Hannah Force

Dr. Martinez and her staff are very professional, polite, and thorough. My husband and I will definitely be returning.
They were very good and very professional. I enjoyed getting to meet Dr. Martinez and chatting with her.

Jonathan Leggett

5.0
2019-04-24T15:28:30+00:00

Jonathan Leggett

They were very good and very professional. I enjoyed getting to meet Dr. Martinez and chatting with her.
Great staff, kid-friendly, quality care. My family enjoys our annual visit!

Toni Atencio

5.0
2019-04-24T15:29:14+00:00

Toni Atencio

Great staff, kid-friendly, quality care. My family enjoys our annual visit!
Amazing experience!! My last exam with another doctor, it took 3 appointments to find a Rx that worked for my contacts.

Cheryl Colón

5.0
2019-04-24T15:29:51+00:00

Cheryl Colón

Amazing experience!! My last exam with another doctor, it took 3 appointments to find a Rx that worked for my contacts.
Love this place, I like that I do not have to be dialated for several hours and ruin my day they have options !!!!! My Doc Tiffany is on it!!

Shelly Aragon

5.0
2019-04-24T15:34:54+00:00

Shelly Aragon

Love this place, I like that I do not have to be dialated for several hours and ruin my day they have options !!!!! My Doc Tiffany is on it!!
So friendly. Had no problem answering all of my questions no matter how small. Fast service. Great people.

Chris Foss

5.0
2019-04-24T15:39:23+00:00

Chris Foss

So friendly. Had no problem answering all of my questions no matter how small. Fast service. Great people.
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Video Magnification Options

The bioptic telescope isn’t the only tool available for people with low vision. There are several options available to assist with low vision and make life easier for the visually impaired. Some of the best assistive technology available includes:

  • OrCam: this consists of a smart camera mounted on eyeglass frames that can recognize text, products, and even faces. The device is intuitive and speaks through an earpiece to identify what you’re looking at. You’ll be able to read books and newspapers, use computers and smartphones, read labels and menus, and identify signage wherever you go. On top of that, it can recognize the faces of people that come into view. All you have to do is enter them into the database (you can store up to 100 individual faces) and there’s no more guessing who’s in front of you.

Just because you’re visually impaired does not mean your life should be any less vibrant and full. Call Eyes of NM today and talk to one of our staff members to find out more about the low vision resources we offer that can help you navigate through daily life easier and more effectively.