When someone with macular degeneration or some other disease that's damaged their vision comes to me they want help to see the very best that they are capable of. They usually understand that their vision will never be as good as it was before the the damage was done. My job is to determine what glasses or other devices will give them better vision so they can continue reading, using a computer, driving, recognizing friend's faces, watching TV, enjoying their hobbies, whatever is important to them. I do this by testing and evaluating their vision with different types of microscopic or telescopic glasses, electronic magnifiers and conventional magnifiers. Often they can be helped by special low vision glasses. Sometimes they just need bigger TV or better light when reading.
Whatever the solution is, I always demonstrate to the patient exactly how they will be able to see with what I am recommending. I show them how they'll be able to read better or see TV better. We often go outdoors so they can see how telescopic glasses will help at long distance. I want the patient to be sure that they can see improvement and will benefit from anything that I prescribe. That is important to me and I know that it is to my patients.