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Telescopic Eyeglasses

Telescopic GlassesMiniature Binoculars inserted into eyeglasses are called Telescopic Spectacles or Bioptic Glasses. 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.

Telescopes vary in power, field, weight, and can be focusable or non-focusable. The optics of telescopes are very complex. The knowledge and experience of the doctor in designing and fitting is extremely important in determining what is best for you.

Cost varies with the prescription needed in the system and the type of telescopes ordered.  This can be discussed during the COMPLIMENTARY TELEPHONE INTERVIEW.

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.

Custom Position

Telescopes can be placed in any position and at any angle a task demands. For example, a 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.