Legally Blind Coach Scores Big Win Thanks To New Bioptic Lens Technology And Group Of Optimistic Optometrists

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International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, founding member, Dr. Randolph Kinkade prescribes new bioptic telescopic glasses for retired basketball coach suffering from vision loss.

Bioptic Telescopic glasses

Bioptic Telescopic glasses

“ I am now able to see the shooter on the foul line and watch the ball going through the net,” he said, something that was impossible not that long ago."

Former women's high school basketball coach William Baiocchi thought he had discovered a whole new definition to the term March Madness when failing vision forced him to the sidelines of his beloved game.

Baiocchi, 67, suffers from a rare genetic condition called pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE), resulting in a form of macular degeneration that reduced his vision to the point that he could no longer see his players well enough to coach. He had been coaching basketball for over 25 years.

A diehard University of Connecticut women’s basketball fan, Baiocchi had to give up going to the Huskies’ games for the same reason. “I know Coach Geno Auriemma well,” said Baiocchi, “and I no longer went to the games because I didn't want to take a seat from someone else.”

Fortunately for Baiocchi, Dr. Randolph Kinkade, a Connecticut optometrist and founding member of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists, came up with a slam dunk solution when he prescribed a bioptic eyeglasses, a technology once used by surgeons and dentists.

Bioptics contain tiny telescopes mounted in the upper portion of the lenses providing vision improvement for patients with macular degeneration and other low vision conditions. The telescopes focus a magnified image onto healthier parts of the macula and retina for enhanced vision.

Such telescopes can be prescribed for one or both eyes depending on the level of vision and the patient's goals. Depending on the design and situation, telescopic eyeglasses can assist the wearer in carrying out numerous tasks ranging from reading, crafts, watching television and driving, and in this case, sitting in the bleachers watching a basketball game.

The bioptics meant that Coach Baiocchi was good to go – to the games, that is.
Baiocchi said his new glasses have put him back courtside enjoying his beloved game. “I am now able to see the shooter on the foul line and watch the ball going through the net,” he said, something that was impossible not that long ago.

Dr. Kinkade also spotted something that seemed impossible not that long ago – William Baiocchi in attendance at one of the Huskies games. “I was watching a game on TV and I saw him sitting behind the bench,” said Dr. Kinkade, “I was so happy for him.”
International Academy of Low Vision Specialists is the only organization in the country currently training optometrists to help patients specifically with low vision. IALVS doctors receive special training in the latest low vision lens technology, nutrition and vision therapy.

As a low vision specialist, Dr. Kinkade understands every patient’s vision loss is different. His goal is to find ways to restore vision to as many people as possible and return them to the things they love to see and do.

If you or a loved one suffer from vision loss, you owe it to yourself, like William Baiocchi to seek the assistance of a low vision optometrist. To find a trained low vision optometrist in your area, visit or call The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists Toll Free (888) 778-2030.

The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) believes in LIFE AFTER VISION LOSS. The IALVS trained Optometrists bring new hope and sight to those with macular degeneration and other vision limiting conditions.

If you are now having problems seeing and doing the things you enjoy, an IALVS eye doctor can help. If you have been told by your eye doctor that a change in your eyeglass prescription will not help you see any better, call an IALVS doctor who is trained to design special glasses that can make a difference. When your doctor says, "Sorry, I cannot get you to see any better," an IALVS doctor often says, "It may not be perfect, but it definitely is better!"

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