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Low Vision Q&A

Q: What is low vision?
A: Low vision is a significant visual impairment that can’t be corrected fully with glasses, contact lenses, medication or eye surgery.

Q: What are the most common causes of low vision:

A: There are many diseases that can cause low vision. Some of the most common causes include macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa. The risk or depth of many of the most common causes of low vision can increase with age, although some people can be born with a visual impairment.

Q: If glasses can’t improve visual impairment, what else can be done?
A: A low vision rehabilitation specialist would be in the best position to address the varying needs of a person with a visual impairment. There is no one solution that works for all people. The most appropriate help may come from use of visual aids such as magnifiers, video magnifiers or telescopes. Some people may benefit from modifications in environment including lighting recommendations, contrast enhancements and organization techniques. Others may benefit from orientation and mobility training in order to minimize the risk of falling while walking independently.

Q: Where would I find a low vision rehabilitation specialist?
A: Fortunately, there are many resources available to those who live in Atlanta. One place to begin would be a visit to a low vision clinic such as the Center for Visually Impaired, Vision Rehabilitation Services or the Low Vision clinic at Emory University.

I have personally been involved in low vision rehabilitation through the duration of my career as an optometrist. Although we do not directly offer these services here in this office, I am available to answer specific questions you may have for yourself or a loved one, and to help guide you through the process of getting the support you desire.


Dr. Rad Patel 1989-2023


It’s with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Northlake Eyecare Associates, Dr. Rad Patel at the young age of 33. His shining personality and humor brought happiness to everyone he encountered.

Dr. Patel graduated from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry in 2018. He completed an externship at OMNI Eyecare Services and was chosen as a resident in Ocular Disease. He completed his residency with a diploma from UAB in 2019. He then joined the established optometry practice of Dr. Steven R. Warstadt & Associates in Atlanta. In 2021, Dr. Patel became the sole owner, and the practice became known as Northlake Eyecare Associates.

With regret, Dr. Patel passed away on Friday, May 12, 2023. He was taken too soon, and we will miss him deeply. Northlake Eyecare Associates is still operating for all patients.