Low vision is a general term that refers to a partial loss of vision that cannot be adequately corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, medications or surgery. Common causes of low vision include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, inherited retinal degenerative diseases, glaucoma and optic nerve atrophy.

Dr. Laura Kenyon and Dr. Cynthia Geneva are both certified Low Vision Specialists in the state of Michigan and enjoy helping patients in an individualized manner tailored to their visual needs. Please call our office at 616-949-8500 to schedule your examination to find out more information regarding your visual impairment and potential treatment options.

We are comfortable working with both adults AND children with low vision.  When vision problems stop you from participating in everyday activities, there is help.  Schedule a consultation for yourself or your loved one today.


What to expect at a Low Vision appointment:

We will check your vision, check to see if glasses can improve your vision, and we will look at different types of low vision devices to improve vision for the tasks that you need assistance with such as reading, writing, seeing faces, driving, and computer use. We will not dilate your eyes at this visit as you are likely already receiving routine eye health care at another provider or if you have not had an eye exam in the recent year we will recommend a dilated eye health exam first.

What are Low Vision devices?

Low vision devices are tools that help to magnify or enhance objects so that individuals with vision impairment can see them better. These can include hand magnifiers (stronger and brighter than magnifiers at the store), tints, electronic magnifiers, telescopes, large print items and many more options.  We will provide training for their use.

Goals of a Low Vision Consultation:

We provide practical and functional assistance to help you rebuild independence and maximize quality of life.
Our goal is to make the most of your available vision for some of the following tasks:
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Identifying money
  • Marking your microwave, stove or laundry machines
  • Driving and transportation needs
  • Seeing your computer
  • Sewing assistance
  • Talking books
  • Walking around your house or unfamiliar environments safely
  • Connecting you with support options and other low vision resources
  • Lighting and contrast recommendations
  • Tint evaluation for glare control
  • Understanding your eye condition better


Visit the links below to learn more about Low Vision and Low Vision Services.