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Your Low Vision Optometrist in Mascoutah, Illinois

When your medical eye doctor says, “nothing more can be done,” contact a low vision optometrist. Low Vision Center At Mascoutah Eye Care is one of over 40 optometrist practices in North America that has helped thousands of low vision patients live independently, fulfilling lives after others told them it wouldn’t be possible.
Thanks to the doctor’s knowledge, dedication, and experience, patients can do what they enjoy: drive, read, work, play, cook, or recognize people’s faces.
Call for a personal consultation and find out if you are a candidate for low vision glasses.

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Dr. Marianne McDaniel

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What is a Low Vision Optometrist?

Our goal is for you to reclaim the ability to carry out tasks that are important to you. Such an activity could be driving a car, reading the paper, recognizing faces, watching TV, playing cards or board games, cooking, and anything that matters in your life.
As a member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) – a network of low vision optometrists – Dr. Marianne McDaniel intensively studied low vision care. We are committed to maximizing our patient’s vision and help them live their best lives.

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Causes That Lead to Low Vision

Low vision is an eye condition that cannot be corrected with conventional eyeglasses or contact lenses. Its causes are usually due to injury, disease, or genetics and include:

  • Macular Degeneration: Wet or Dry
  • Juvenile Macular Degeneration (i.e., Stargardt’s disease, Best disease, etc.)
  • Diabetic Retinopathy – a complication of diabetes affecting eyesight
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa – leads to contraction of the visual field
  • Glaucoma – damage to the optical nerve due to inner eye pressure
  • Cataracts – a clouding of the eye lens
  • Hemianopsia – the loss of part of the visual field
  • Albinism – the lack of pigments in the back of the eye
  • Other Vision-Limiting Conditions
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Genuine care and hands-on advice are our primary ingredients to ensure complete low vision services. Talk to our low vision expert in Mascoutah about your concerns, and we will help optimize your surroundings to accommodate your visual needs better. As an example, improved lighting makes a significant difference for many eye conditions.


The advantage of glasses is that they allow you to be mobile and use your hands freely. Many patients have kept their driver's license and independence thanks to bioptic telescope glasses, E-Scoop glasses, or side-vision awareness glasses. Theater lovers can benefit from full-diameter telescope glasses to enjoy performances. Prismatic glasses are primarily used for reading.

Dr. Marianne McDaniel will help you to find the best solution for you. We're waiting for you!


Magnification is key for optimizing vision. Closed-circuit television (CCTV), video magnifiers are available as hand-held devices or as a stand-mounted version. You can install special software to enhance contrast and colors on your computer screen. Other software can increase the font size to whatever is comfortable for you.

Advanced equipment utilizes virtual reality, image processing algorithms, or audio feedback to assist with almost any task you want to accomplish. Go for it!

Mascoutah Eye Care

105 Mascoutah Plaza Dr
Mascoutah, IL 62258-2135
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  • Though commonly associated with seniors over the age of 60, low vision can also affect children and adults of all ages. Certain birth defects or medical conditions can cause low vision and negatively impact the quality of life.
  • Vision loss due to retinitis pigmentosa (RP) makes it challenging — sometimes impossible — to drive. A low vision optometrist can help those with RP stay safe on the roads and enjoy the benefits of driving for as long as possible.
  • Vision loss due to retinitis pigmentosa (RP) can make it difficult to read text, especially fine print. Low vision aids and glasses can help restore independence and enable patients to read with greater ease.
  • Having impaired vision doesn’t mean you have to turn in your smartphone. Here’s how someone with retinitis pigmentosa can still use a smartphone, despite having vision loss.
  • Despite their vision loss, patients with diabetic retinopathy can still enjoy watching TV with the use of low vision aids and devices.
  • More than 1 billion people live with some type of vision loss around the world. While some are totally blind, the vast majority have some usable vision. Read on to learn about the different types of vision loss and discover how a low vision eye care professional can help.
  • Don't let low vision stop you from using your computer. Here we show you how you can get back to browsing and writing, just as you did before vision loss.
  • Are you experiencing vision loss? In this article, we explain how to know when it’s time to see a low vision low doctor.
  • One doctor to treat the medical condition by preventing AMD from worsening, and a low vision doctor to maximize the patient’s remaining vision.
  • If everyday tasks, such as reading, cooking, shopping, or using a computer are becoming a struggle, it’s time to see a low vision doctor. Find someone local in your area.
  • Low vision is permanent vision loss that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or other standard treatments like medication or surgery. Your low vision eye doctor will conduct a low vision exam to assess your usable vision and prescribe low vision aids to maximize your vision and improve your quality of life.
  • Watch these patient testimonials to find out how low vision aids and devices helped them improve the quality of their vision - and their lives.
  • Low vision magnifiers help those with impaired vision to better see close objects. Learn about the different types of magnifiers and discover how a low vision optometrist can help you choose the best low vision aids and devices for your needs.
  • Low vision aids help those with impaired vision to maximize their usable vision. Doing so allows them to maintain or regain as much independence as possible, and boosts their quality of life.
  • Our Low Vision blog has lots of helpful information for the visually impaired.