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Low Vision and Binocular Vision Treatment and Rehabilitation with Edward J. Huggett, Jr. OD
If you are tired of being told that there is nothing that can be done with your low vision then you have come to the right place! There are high powered telescopic eyeglasses and other devices that most likely will help you. Call me to discuss what we can do. We specialize in low vision exams and vision rehabilitation, while providing the latest in devices and eye glasses to help you see better.
Dr. Ed Huggett has the goal that the patient "walks out better than they walk in!" He helps them see what is on their "wish list - what they want to see better." He works closely with your current eye doctor along with occupational therapists as a team.
Dr. Huggett deals entirely on what functional vision the person has, and then, determining what optics and magnification is needed to help the person see what they want to see. Using Dr. Huggett's 25 years of experience could help you regain functional vision and Independence
We will do our best to accommodate your busy schedule. With two convenient locations, getting low vision care has never been easier. Call (813) 973-3333 to schedule your appointment.
low vision services
Though most often experienced by the elderly, people of all ages may be affected. Low vision can occur from birth defects, inherited diseases, injuries, diabetes, glaucoma, cataract and aging. The most common cause is macular degeneration, which is a deterioration of the retina, the light sensitive tissue in the back of the eye.
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About Dr. Ed Hugget
Examinations and rehab
Field expanding glasses
Exercises and counseling
Edward J. Huggett, Jr. OD, specializes in the practice of low vision and binocular vision dedicating his life to helping patients of all ages who suffer from severe vision loss and binocular vision problems. Dr. Huggett received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida then worked five years as a Resource Instructor for the Citrus County School Board, Crystal River Florida. Thereafter he obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Houston in Houston, Texas 1990. He trained at the Lighthouse for the Blind in Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation and is presently the founder and director of the Low Vision and Binocular Vision Clinic of Florida with locations in Dunedin, Florida and Sun City Center, FL.
Dr. Huggett’s expertise also expands to binocular vision treatment of eye muscle imbalances and tracking problems in patients of all ages. He is dedicated to vision rehabilitation; creating programs and prescribing prescriptions designed to enhance cognitive processing for those with vision-related processing disorders. He was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays Major League team in 1994 as their Team Eye Physician. Dr. Huggett's specialized training helped improve the visual acumen of these athletes.
Dr. Huggett is past co-presenter for the IMDSG, a monthly live Internet support group for persons around the world who have interest in learning the latest in low vision science and vision rehabilitation developments. For IMDSG he also is the chief contributor to the “Ask the Doctor” column that provides custom answers to submitted questions online. Additionally, he opened a free eye clinic within the Clearwater Free Clinic, Clearwater, FL, The Shepherd Center and The Homeless Outreach both in Tarpon Springs, FL serving the homeless, low income and victims of domestic violence.
Dr. Huggett enjoys snow skiing, SCUBA diving and spending time with his two young grandchildren in Holiday, FL.
Although you may already have had an eye examination and don’t want to change your current eye doctor, Dr. Huggett will provide a different type of eye examination. It is an exam in which I do not examine you for eye disease but I do examine you to determine what your functional vision is. He then determines what needs to be done with your vision to allow you to see what you want to see. He will not replace your current eye doctor but will work with him or her to be a part of the team to help maintain your visual independence.
After he has determined what functional vision you have, he may prescribe vision rehabilitation.
With modern technology designing better magnifiers and magnification systems Dr. Huggett has, at his disposal, any magnification device manufactured in the world. As not all devices are appropriate or maybe not give you the magnification your eyes need, he will recommend the appropriate device specifically for your vision.
Dr. Huggett is able to prescribe special glasses that are designed to expand your field of vision to allow you to see more from side to side in those people who have constricted vision due, for example, glaucoma, stroke or RP. This often will allow a person to return to driving a car again and walking with much greater comfort and confidence through crowds or store aisles.
There are many people with vision difficulties with double vision, this will contribute to greater difficulty in reading and walking safely. Glasses specific for reducing or eliminating double vision are prescribed in these situations.
There are exercises I can prescribe to enable you to use your remaining vision with greater efficiency. This will possibly allow you to not only read better but be safer while walking, using steps, and over curbs.
What you eat may effect the outcome of your macular degeneration. We will review your current nutritional intake, nutritional suppliments and make recommendations as needed to increase the odds of maintaining your vision.
Various lighting sources are reviewed and proper recommendations will be made.
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