Maximize Your Vision in South San Jose, CA
Macular degeneration affects the center portion of your retina, called the macula. You use this part of your eye to view fine details, such as letters and words. There are two different types of macular degeneration, referred to as dry and wet forms of the disease. Both forms only impact your central vision and do not usually cause complete loss of vision. At Eye Luv Lucy, in South San Jose, we will check your eyes thoroughly to spot the signs of macular degeneration during our comprehensive eye exams.
Dry vs. Wet Macular Degeneration
Dry macular degeneration is much more common. The retina deteriorates slowly, and a thinning of the macular tissues leads to vision distortions that may appear wavelike. The severity of vision loss is related to the amount and location of retinal thinning.
Wet macular degeneration, which accounts for only about 20% of all cases, is more of a threat to vision. Abnormal blood vessels grow beneath the macula and typically leak fluid. This causes the macula to bulge, which destroys or distorts central vision. As the disease progresses, rapid and extreme vision loss may be caused.
Treatment for Macular Degeneration
At present, no real cure exists for either form of macular degeneration. While many scientific studies are ongoing and encouraging, there is currently no treatment for the more common dry type of the disease, and treatment for wet macular degeneration is not highly effective. As a result, many patients live with Low Vision.
To maximize your remaining eyesight, we offer a full range of Low Vision aids in our caring South San Jose, CA, optometry clinic. Dr. Lucy Yen, our highly qualified and experienced eye doctor, will meet with you to discuss your lifestyle and visual needs. We will recommend a variety of devices designed to provide Low Vision Assistance. These tools will help you make the most of your remaining vision. In this way, you’ll be able to maintain independence and improve your quality of life.
Coping with Low Vision
Among the many causes of low vision, macular degeneration is one of the most common and devastating. When macular degeneration causes vision loss, adapting to your low vision can be very frustrating. Our South San Jose, CA, team is there to help support and motivate you! We understand the visual challenges, and we’ll help customize low vision assistance to match your unique requirements. Our trained eye care professionals know which techniques and devices are most helpful, and we’ll work with you until you are comfortable and skilled at using the recommended low vision aids.
Low Vision Assistance
Optical aids to help with low vision include magnifying lenses with varying powers, depending upon your vision loss and the size of the image or object that you are viewing. Depending upon the intended use, these lenses can be handheld (sometimes with a built-in light), mounted on a stand, or set conveniently into eyeglass frames for doing near tasks, such as reading fine print.
Specially designed telescopes are another tool that we may recommend to our South San Jose patients. Appropriate for seeing objects in the far distance, they can be mounted on eyeglasses or handheld like binoculars.
With every year, new and more technologically advanced equipment for low vision assistance is developed. Video magnifiers, which are electronic gadgets that use a camera and a screen to enlarge images, can enhance your view with increased contrast. Some models offer high flexibility, as they can be used for both near and far vision.
In addition to optical aids, we advise our patients to switch to large-print materials, e-book readers, audio books and electronic books. Specialized computers can also magnify images and text and/or read the screen aloud for you.
If you have macular degeneration and low vision, we can help you overcome many visual limitations!