Low Vision Centers

There are some specialized centers in the visual rehabilitation of patients with diseases of the retina such as BCM. Typically, BCM patients visit these centers each year. The centers are very knowledgable about issues related to low visual acuity and the need for filters (sunglasses or colored contact lenses) in the presence of sunlight.

Warning: not all centers expert in Low Vision are also expert on the BCM. The BCM is a rare disease and very often centers that deal with contact lenses or optical instruments, are not also competent to our condition. BCM patients need to eliminate the disturbance caused by the strong sunlight or environmental light.

Finally in these centers you can make use of a training Bioptic telescope, required in some states for the achievement of the driving license.

At the moment people with BCM can drive in the US and the Netherlands.

BCM Patients gave us the following contacts:

Gunilla Haegerstrom-Portnoy, OD, PhD, FAAO
Expecially for Children
Contact: Web Page
Address: School of Optometry, Email: ghp@spectacle.berkeley.edu, 419 Minor Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-2020 USA
Ian L. Bailey, OD, MS, FBCO, FAAO Contact: Web Page
UC Berkeley Optometry
Address: University of California at Berkeley, 415 Minor Hall Berkeley, CA 94720-2020 Email: ibailey@berkeley.edu USA
Richard L. Windsor, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Laura K. Windsor, O.D., F.A.A.O
Contact: Low Vision Center of Indiana Web Page
Magenta contact lenses for BCM patients and bioptic telescope training.
Address: Hartford City – Indianapolis – Fort Wayne – Lafayette – IN, USA
Driving Licence in USA USA Bioptic