Telescopic Glasses for People with Low Vision

Published on
May 16, 2022

Magnification can be extremely beneficial for someone with vision loss from diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and other ocular conditions.

When people think about magnification, they think about handheld magnifiers. However there are many options for magnification that provide additional benefits for certain people. 

A handheld magnifying device can be difficult to hold for elderly people for long periods of time. If that is the case, your low vision optometrist may recommend high power reading glasses. 

For some people high powered magnifying reading glasses can be uncomfortable as it requires holding the thing that you want magnified close to your eyes. For a lot of people, holding an object very close to their eyes is not very comfortable or makes their arms tired. 

What are telescopic glasses?

Telescopic reading glasses have two lenses that provide high magnification and these allow you to hold the material farther away. The two lenses allow you to hold the reading material further apart. When you read from a page with telescopic glasses, you can hold it back further in a similar way to when you are reading normally. The magnification is also adjustable. Despite their low magnification, they do provide a full range of view. These are similar to a pair of magnified reading glasses, but they use a different technology.

Are telescopic glasses effective for everyone?

The answer always depends on the task and the goal. Sometimes it's getting past the realization that one device may not work for every person and kind of recognizing that low vision devices have a range of vision. Therefore, when we see a patient at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach, we are very goal-oriented and task-specific when it comes to our low vision evaluation. That enables us to provide the recommendation that best suits the lifestyle, visual needs, and visual ability of each individual. 

Why schedule a low vision exam at our Los Angeles Low Vision Clinic? 

Many people come to us after purchasing magnifiers online, only to realize that the product does not provide what the individual needs. At our practice, our residency trained low vision optometrist, Dr. Sarah Wolff, spends time with each patient to understand their visual goals and tasks that are most impacted by their vision. Then Dr. Wolff can better direct the patient to the appropriate low vision devices that can provide life changing visual improvement. For some patients a handheld magnifier is exactly what they need, while others will benefit more from magnified reading glasses, and yet others from telescopic glasses. There are a myriad of choices available today, from handheld devices, to glasses with magnification, to high-tech visual aids, our goal is to ensure that each patient walks out with the knowledge of what tools and devices can best help them. 

Call us today at (562) 925-6591 to schedule a low vision evaluation at Amplify EyeCare of Greater Long Beach, located in Bellflower. 


I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.

Claire A.

Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.

Jim K.

My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!

Teresa S.

The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.

Joe M.

I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.

Kayla W.

This is not for the eye exam but for the frames selection portion. I brought my prescription from Kaiser here with my VSP insurance. The reception staff was very polite and professional.  Manny helped me to pick out frames and explain my coverage.  Very helpful and patient not like the individual at the other place I rated here on Yelp.  I was running late and he still helped me and was not bothered at all.  I am so glad I came here ..........very pleased.

Very professional staff and pleasant.

Daniel G.
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