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Date:4/23/2013

DANBURY, Conn., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Prismatic Magnifying Readers (PMRs) can often help people with macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and others with low vision who are having difficulty reading by providing extra magnification and comfort.  The most common vision loss for someone with low vision is the reduced ability to read.

Dr. Randolph Kinkade , a Connecticut optometrist and founding member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, has coined the new term Prismatic Magnifying Readers to describe the design and purpose behind these beneficial low vision glasses.

Prismatic Magnifying Readers, when combined with enhanced illumination, often improve reading ability.  Individuals whose vision is in the range of 20/50 to 20/200 and is relatively equal in both eyes can benefit from PMRs.

"The prism enables material to be held at a closer reading distance allowing for more magnification and comfort", said Dr. Kinkade.  "The prism improves binocular viewing which in turn improves the reading field of view.  Words are not only larger, but more words can be seen at a time."

Holding reading material close (closer than 16") creates the magnification.  The closer the reading material is held to the eyes the more the focusing magnification can be created by the glasses.  For example, when reading material is held at 8" from the eyes 2X magnification is created compared to when the same material was held at 16" (a normal reading distance).  When the material is held at 4" from the eyes 4X magnification is generated.  Bigger is better for people with low vision.

Lens strength is usually measured in the optical term "diopters" which is different than "magnification power".   The more diopters in the prescription the closer the reading material must be held to th
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