What are E-Scoop Glasses?
E-Scoop glasses are custom-designed optics that combine five unique optical characteristics to maximize the remaining vision of a low-vision patient. These five optical features focus the image onto the part of the eye that is least affected by vision loss, thereby maximizing the patient’s current vision.
Why Are E-Scoops Ideal For Early Stages Of Vision Loss?
Patients with early stages of macular degeneration will experience vision loss in the center of their vision due to a high concentration of cones in the macula, which begin to degenerate and cause a blurry/dull/black hole in their central vision.
Unlike the macula, the side of the macula does not have so many cones, and by shifting the image from the highly damaged center of the macula to the less damaged periphery, the patient has better visual acuity.
How Do E-Scoop Glasses Work?
E-Scoop glasses combine five optical features to assist a low-vision patient:
- Custom tint (color)
- Anti-reflective (coating)
- Special lens (thickness)
- Base (curve)
- Base up (prism) four base, six base, or eight base
E-Scoops for Macular Degeneration & Regaining Visual Acuity
E-Scoops for the Visually Impaired IALVS
How Do E-Scoop Glasses Help?
E-Scoop glasses help patients who have difficulty driving at night, using the computer, or adjusting to changes in light/brightness. For many patients with macular degeneration or other low vision diseases, even early stages of vision loss can hamper their ability to get around and do the things they love.
For many, E-Scoop glasses are the ideal low vision aid, as they provide new hope for the patient who can regain their ability to do so many things that they thought were no longer an option due to their vision loss. The tint reduces visual stress from bright light, such as daylight and UV protection, leading to greater comfort and improved vision.
The anti-reflective coating reduces glare during night driving, computer use, and similar tasks. The lens curve subtly enlarges the image, enabling the wearer to experience more detail. The prism directs the light away from the damaged areas of the macula to the outer area, which is generally unaffected at this stage of macular degeneration.
Who is the Ideal Candidate For E-Scoop Glasses?
For patients with early stages of vision loss due to macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy, E-Scoop glasses may be the ideal choice.
Patients who are recommended E-Scoop glasses tend to have one or more of the following issues:
- Difficulty with driving at night due to glare.
- Issues with contrast, such as seeing food on a plate with a similar color to the plate or viewing text on your computer.
- Difficulty seeing outside due to the brightness of the light.
Patients with advanced vision loss will generally need more advanced optics to provide measurable improvements to their vision and quality of life.
E-Scoop Glasses and Driving
E-Scoop glasses may be the perfect option for someone who wants to drive but whose vision does not meet the requirements to pass the DMV. Unlike bioptic telescopes, which eye doctors recommend for many low-vision patients looking to drive, E-Scoops are for patients without significant improvement in their vision to drive.
Like all low-vision aids, each case needs to be assessed individually by our low-vision doctor to provide a customized recommendation that will best suit your visual needs.
Using E-Scoops to Help Visually Impaired Patients Drive Safely at Night
E-Scoop Glasses: A Look at Expenses and Coverage
How Much Do E-Scoop Glasses Cost?
The cost of E-Scoop glasses will depend on the exact specifications that you need. For example, nonprescription clip-on E-Scoop glasses will cost less than progressive glasses with a higher magnification (base curve). E-Scoop glasses are considerably cheaper than other custom optics like bioptic telescope glasses.
Ordering E-Scoop Glasses
E-Scoop glasses are available as both standalone glasses and as a clip-on option. They are also available without a prescription in single vision, progressive, and flat top. E-Scoop glasses are available in yellow, brown, and clear tint. However, the yellow tint is considered ideal for maximum effectiveness. E-Scoops can be placed in full-rimmed oval glasses made out of plastic or metal and are not suitable for rimless or half-rim frames due to the lens curvature and thickness.
As each pair of E-Scoop glasses is customized to the individual patient’s needs, our low-vision doctor requires a low-vision exam to assess that E-Scoop glasses are right for you.
Are E-Scoop Glasses Covered By Medicare or Other Medical or Vision Insurance Plans?
Medicare or other insurance plans do not cover E-Scoop glasses. However, insurance plans are constantly changing their coverage, and it is best to check with your eye doctor to see if there are updates to coverage by your particular vision insurance or medical insurance plan.
Are E-Scoop Glasses Worth the Cost?
In our experience, the life-changing nature of low vision aids far exceeds their costs. While we understand that for many, the cost of low vision aids and custom optics, in particular, can exceed their budget, we also try to give over the many benefits that make low vision aids a worthwhile investment. Other hi-tech options are also available.