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All About Low Vision

Elderly Man with Low Vision Issues in San Jose


Low Vision can be a very frustrating experience. While you’re still able to see, many daily activities are challenging. Typical tasks that you’ve been doing for years with ease, such as driving, reading and watching television, are often hard to manage. With a need to depend upon others, many people with low vision sink into a depression. At Eye Luv Lucy, we’ll help you maximize your remaining eyesight to maintain your independence and enjoy your highest possible quality of life!

Dr. Yen will meet with you to evaluate your vision and lifestyle needs thoroughly. After a comprehensive eye exam, we’ll work together with you in our Willow Glen office, to figure out the best strategies and low vision equipment for your personal requirements. We’ll introduce you to a whole range of practical devices that will help restore your ability to do the things you love. Low vision assistance may be provided by powerful magnifiers (stand-alone, eye-glass mounted and hand-held versions are available), telescopes for distant sight and telemicroscopic eyeglasses for up-close vision. At Eye Luv Lucy, we pride ourselves on bringing inventive low vision assistance and customized solutions to our patients.

While low vision is most common among senior citizens, aging is not the only cause of this burdensome condition. Unfortunately, younger people, that may have suffered from an eye injury, or may have other health conditions affecting their eyes, are often at risk of losing their jobs, which leads to greater isolation. Lighthouse International reports that only 43.7% of visually impaired Americans, all between 21 to 64 years old, are employed. Even if wonderful family and friends are there to relieve your solitude, a visit to Dr. Lucy Yen will make your situation even more manageable! We have many courses of action to recommend for improving day-to-day life and enhancing your abilities with low vision.

Low Vision Assistance Willow Glen, San Jose, CAIn addition to low vision equipment, we may advise an array of non-optical adaptive devices. These gadgets and tools include signature guides for signing checks or documents, audio books, large-print publications and customized light fixtures. If depression gets in the way, we’ll refer you to a highly qualified and trusted counselor who understands low vision and will help you learn to cope emotionally.

Future vision loss may be hinted at by a number of warning signs. When these symptoms are noticed early, medical intervention (including surgery, when appropriate) may be able to prevent the deterioration of your eyesight. If you experience any of the following signs, it’s wise to contact Dr. Lucy Yen, in our Willow Glen clinic:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Unusual spots or floaters
  • Blurred vision
  • Night blindness or a need for more light than before
  • Difficulty reading

The onset of many common eye diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration or retinitis pigmentosa, may be indicated by these symptoms. Keep in mind that a proactive, preventive approach to eye care is the best way to avoid low vision. Call us at Eye Luv Lucy for an eye exam today with Dr. Lucy Yen!

Low Vision Specialist Dr. Lucy Yen


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