A Note About Magnifiers

Dear Lighthouse Guild Store Customer:

The prevention of vision loss and the detection of eye disease have become an important national healthcare issue. Regardless of our age, we all have to begin paying more attention to preserving our precious vision.

Serious eye diseases may respond to the use of a simple magnifier when reading, even if it is “only used to see the small print.” The need for a magnifier is an indicator of a problem in our visual system. We are concerned that serious vision loss and blindness may result when these diseases are left unattended, especially if hidden and masked by the use of an “inexpensive simple pocket” magnifier.

An eye examination may simply reveal the need for eyeglasses, or a recommendation for a specialized low vision evaluation. It may, as well, reveal the need for medication to control eye pressure in glaucoma, surgery for a cataract, or one of the new treatments to prevent blindness and permanent vision loss in age-related macular degeneration.

Lighthouse Guild is dedicated to managing, and minimizing the risks of, eye disease through early detection and the treatment of problems.   

If you are in the New York City area, you can also make an appointment at the Lighthouse Guild Low Vision Clinical Practice by calling (212) 821-9624. Lighthouse Guild is a Medicare provider and accepts many insurance plans.


Bruce P. Rosenthal, OD

Chief, Low Vision Clinical Practice

Lighthouse Guild