Telescopic / Bioptic  Eyewear

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To magnify distance objects, telescopic systems are frequently used. These may be handheld or mounted in eyewear called bioptics. Thousands of mildly visually impaired patients in the United States use bioptics to drive, watch television or do other distance tasks.  Beecher Researchís telescopic system, the Beecher Mirage, is a lightweight binocular system that is worn like eyewear for distance viewing.  We have found it to be an exceptional aid to view television even in patients with visual acuities below 20/600.   

Telescopes may be attached to prescription eyewear to create what is called a bioptic system. Bioptic eyewear design has evolved from large telescopic tubes to smaller, more cosmetic telescopes. Modern bioptic design includes many, small lightweight systems that have improved patient acceptance such as the Vision Enhancement System introduced by Ocutech ten years ago.[i]

Recently, Ocutech has introduced an auto focus version, the VES-Autofocus. It is a monocular 4X bioptic telescope mounted above the eyeglass frame. Powered by a rechargeable battery, it contains two computer chips and an infrared focusing system similar to that found in an auto focus camera. VES-Autofocus can focus automatically from 12 inches to infinity in a fraction of a second, and has dramatically changed the purposes for which we prescribe bioptics. Rather than being used for one or two specific tasks, these systems are being worn fulltime and more importantly, the patients using this system regain a sense of personal space and an ability to better interact with people. They can again see facial expressions and notice body language, subtle yet important aspects of everyday communication.[ii]


[i] Greene HA, Pekar J, Brilliant R, Freeman PB, Lewis HT, Siwoff R, Paton C, Madden DJ, Westlund R. The Ocutech Vision Enhancing System (VES): utilization and preference study. J Am Optom Assoc 1991 Jan;62(1):19-26.

[ii]Greene HA, Beadles R, Pekar J. Challenges in applying t\Autofocus technology to low vision telescopes. Optom Vis Sci 1992 Jan;69(1):25-31.



Companies Fabricating Bioptic Systems


Note! Bioptic must be prescribed and fit by your doctor.


 Condensered.gif (846 bytes)eyeFine  Developed in Japan, eyeFine is a new type of auto focus eyewear. To learn more and see or listen to our movie click here.


Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Ocutech  Welcome to Ocutech,inc. on the web. Ocutech is a leading developer of optical low vision solutions for patients suffering from Macular Degeneration and other low vision impairments. The new Vision Enhancing System Autofocus Telescope is now in use around the world.

Condensered.gif (846 bytes) Designs for Vision, Inc. produces a range of microscopic and telescopic low vision systems for prescribing through doctors. 

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Edward's Optical Corporation (BITA Vision Enhancer), Attn: Jean Edwards, 2441 Windward Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 USA Tel: 1-800-452-5988 or 757-496-2550  Fax: 757-481-3501  Email:

Condensered.gif (846 bytes)Vision Advantage. Vision Advantage Inc. was formed to provide dignified lifestyle enhancement for partially sighted persons through delivery of quality products and services. The company was founded in 1994 when it purchased a significant portion of Coburn Optical Industries' Vision Assist Products business unit, which had provided assistive technology since the 1970s.



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