LOW VISION SPECIALISTS OF MARYLAND
SERVING MARYLAND, NORTHERN VIRGINIA, DELAWARE,
PENNSYLVANIA, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
If you or a loved one have vision
loss, call today for a
FREE PHONE CONSULTATION.
Please call 410.561.8050
Dr. Thomas Azman is a world renowned Low Vision Specialist
dedicating his life to helping individuals of all ages who suffer from severe
vision loss. For over 36 years, Dr. Azman has provided unique comprehensive low
vision care to patients challenged by macular degeneration, diabetic
retinopathy, glaucoma, stargardt's, albinism, and retinitis pigmentosa.
His patients come from the next block as well as all corners of the world. Dr.
Azman travels extensively treating patients from as far as Australia and
Thailand and often lectures on the newest options for enhancing eyesight.
Most people Dr. Azman sees have already been advised that there
is nothing else that can be done for them and that eyeglasses will
not help them see any better. With over 90% success rate, Dr. Azman
has helped thousands of patients regain vision, independence and a
quality of life they could only imagine. His patients now can drive,
read their mail, write, paint, play cards, see a menu, recognize
faces, watch TV, and enjoy live theater.
Dr. Azman is known
amongst his patients as the "Miracle Eye Doctor".You can be assured
from your first phone call, Dr. Azman and his personal staff will
treat you with respect, compassion, and care.
received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland in
College Park, Maryland and his Doctor of Optometry degree from the
University of Alabama, School of Optometry, The Medical Center in
Birmingham, Alabama in 1975.
Dr. Azman is a Fellow in the
International Academy of Low Vision Specialists and a member of the
Low Vision Rehabilitation Section of the American Optometric
Association. Low Vision Specialists of Maryland has offices in
Timonium, Dundalk, Chestertown, and Frederick. Dr. Azman also makes
house calls for those who are homebound.
What is Low Vision?
Low vision is a visual condition that affects millions of Americans,
especially seniors. Simply, it is a degree of visual impairment that cannot be
adjusted completely to normal vision even with the use of traditional eye
glasses or contact lenses.
Q: What are some symptoms of low vision?
A: Although the degree of impairment varies from one individual to another,
and may or may not affect both eyes, low vision most often is a loss of central
or reading vision and loss of side or peripheral vision.
Other symptoms of low vision may include reduction or loss of color vision,
difficulty in adapting from light to dark environments, and reduction of the
ability to focus.
Q: Is there a difference between blindness and low vision?
A: Low vision should not be confused with blindness. Low vision patients
still have some ability to see and the condition can often be improved under the
care are of a low vision specialist who will prescribe aids to assist a low
Q: What are causes of low vision?
A: A variety of disorders may lead to low vision, including birth defects,
injury, disease (particularly diabetes and glaucoma), and aging.
The most common condition that causes low vision in seniors is Macular
Degeneration. Simply, this condition results from a breakdown of the macular (a
small central portion of the retina that is sensitive to detail and focusing)
that causes difficulty with reading and close work.
Q: What should a person do who thinks he or she has a low
A: A person who thinks he or she has a low vision problem
Dr. Azman, Director of Low Vision Services.
Q: Is there a special examination for the low vision
A: The "low vision examination" should be much more extensive than a regular
eye examination. Often the initial examination will last more than one hour (or
can be done in two visits). Dr. Azman will need to ask many lifestyle questions
in order to determine the demands on your vision. Specifically, the doctor will
need to know, "What do you want to do that your limited vision is preventing or
Q: What happens after the exam?
A: After determining your visual needs and the health of your eyes, Dr.
Azman will advise you on a variety of low vision aids. Depending on the
severity of the impairment, you may be prescribed high-power glasses that are
specially ordered and made with hand-ground lenses (either telescopic for
distance such as the television; or microscopic for close work and reading).
If your condition is less severe, you may simply be advised to use a magnifier
and given suggestions on non-optical aids, such as large-print books, enlarged
phone dials, and high contrast watch faces.
Dr. Azman will also speak with you regarding correct lighting and eliminating
glare both of which are very important in the success of a low vision patient.
And finally, Dr. Azman will encourage you to return for follow-up visits so he
can help you adjust to any new aids.
Q. What are the chances of success?
A: Success with low vision rehabilitation is good for most patients,
although many factors can affect success. First, a minimum level of vision must
be present in order to benefit from rehabilitation. Second motivation is
necessary, anyone who decides to begin low vision rehabilitation must be
flexible and willing to work within the limitations of their particular low
vision. With good medical care and a willingness to overcome limitations, the
chances of success are excellent.
Dr. Azman has had great success with patients who had very little vision
but through evaluation and treatment, rehabilitation was possible. We encourage
you to consider a consultation, if you or a loved one suffers from low vision.
You may be surprised to discover what options are available.
Q: Are low vision devices easy to use?
A: Using most low vision devices requires some training and practice and
this is customized for each patient and their particular vision needs. Some
patients will need to change the way they perform certain tasks and this is part
of the training. For example, books may be held closer to the face when using a
spectacle-mounted microscope to read. While the reading process may be different
than what a patient has been used to, low vision devices do not harm the eyes
and do not further impair vision.
Q: Where does my regular eye doctor fit in?
A: Some patients refer themselves to Dr. Azman although many patients are referred to
Dr. Azman for Low Vision Services by their regular eye doctor. After the
rehabilitation goals have been addressed, patients are often returned to their
regular eye doctor for ongoing care. Dr. Azman will coordinate your care with your regular eye doctor.
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