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Low Vision Center

For patients with low vision, everyday tasks can be difficult to perform, even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, and surgery. The Low Vision Center helps people regain their visual independence with devices that help them drive, read, write, watch television, and enjoy other hobbies. The use of low vision aids will help make life more functional.

Some Causes of Low Vision Include:

  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Genetics
  • Head Trauma
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Warning Signs of Low Vision Include:

  • Difficulty recognizing faces
  • Difficulty in reading or other near tasks
  • Trouble picking out and matching colors
  • Difficulty reading street and store signs

Types of Low Vision Devices Include:

  • Voice enhanced items such as watches, clocks, and talking glucose meters
  • Large numbered items such as telephones, clocks, and calculators
  • Hand-held magnifiers with LED lights for reading
  • Closed Captioned TV’s – these electronic reading machines make reading material and pictures larger to see, there are also Portable Closed-Captioned TV’s available that are small enough to carry in a purse or bag
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How to Schedule a Low Vision Exam

Dr. Karla Bucknall performs low vision exams at the Low Vision Center. She will examine you and prescribe low vision devices that are appropriate. One size does not fit all, so Dr. Bucknall looks at each individual to determine what device will work best for you and then she teaches you how to use the device. Dr. Bucknall can also determine whether you might be a candidate for a bioptic telescope which will help with both near and distant vision. She can also refer patients to programs such as Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired (SBVI), Talking Books, and free directory assistance.

Contact Us!

Store hours are by appointment, Monday through Friday. The Low Vision Center is located on the third floor of the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute and the phone numbers are:
605-718-2303 or 

If there are items you are looking for that the Low Vision Center does not carry, the Center will do its best to try to find it for you. The Low Vision Center also carries a wide variety of Viteyes brand vitamins that The National Eye Institute has proven effective in delaying the progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration.