LOW VISION SERVICES
IN SAN JOSE
Dr. Lucy 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 San Jose Eye Care clinic, 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.
Experiencing any of these Low Vision symptoms?
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
Rehab after vision loss | Macular degeneration | Glaucoma
We can help! Read below to see how.
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Low Vision can be a very frustrating experience. While you’re still able to see, many daily activities are challenging.
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What is Low Vision?
Living With Low Vision
Low Vision Aids
Low vision is where you have done traditional corrective vision methods such as glasses, contacts, medication or Lasik and are still unable to perform the daily tasks that you desire. You have difficulty with driving, watching TV, writing, recognizing faces or reading the paper. This may be a result of either eye disease, genetics, or injury. Symptoms include black spots, focus issues, blurred or tunnel vision. Some of the causes are macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. Though these conditions cannot be corrected with traditional methods, through our various techniques, medications, aids and adjustments to daily life, you can return to many of your daily activities.
There is always a level of shock when you learn that your vision cannot be corrected. Robbed of your ability to perform daily tasks, you feel hopeless, having trouble with balance and depressed. If that is is the case, we encourage you to seek treatment and counseling. The good news is, there are ways to cope with these issues. Through the many options of vision aids and rehabilitation, you can return to doing many of the daily functions you did before. Other tips can include contrasting items around the house, labeling objects, keeping items in a neat, easy to remember order, and using magnifiers to make objects larger.
Low vision does not mean you need to give up on daily activities. Through aids such as magnifiers and telescopes you can still maximize your remaining eyesight. Magnifies range from hands free, handheld, standings, and video. Computer programs such as Zoom text allow the reader to scroll through emails and surf the web. There are also various devices that allow you to listen to audiobooks or have your smartphone speak to you. Techniques involve increasing light, reducing glare, and allowing more contrast.
CentraSight/Implantable Miniature Telescope
Driving With Low Vision
Modern technology has developed a group of special binocular type instruments that can be placed on the glasses to help make out small objects such as street signs, traffic lights, and facial expressions. By placing binoculars on the lenses, it allows these objects to appear closer and become more visible. There are a lot of options on the market, ranging from the E-Scoop glasses to bioptic telescopes. Contact us today to find the best lenses for your needs.
CentraSight is a treatment where a tiny device, smaller than a pea, is implanted onto one eye to help those with central vision loss from end-stage AMD. This new process has been recently approved by the FDA and is partially covered by Medicare. The telescope will project images around you onto the healthy, non-degenerated portion of your eye while your other eye will then help with peripheral vision. You will be able to pick up on facial expressions and other minute details again. This telescopic device is only available to those who haven’t had cataract surgery and are of a certain age. Give us a call to discuss if you meet the other various requirements for implementation of this exciting opportunity.
One of the most difficult situations to handle with vision loss is the inability to drive. Not being able to make out street signs and traffic lights puts the driver at risk. However, bioptics and telescopic glasses can be used to magnify these objects, returning your ability to drive so you can see the grandkids, run your errands, and feel independent again. Most states allow these to be used while driving, while a few require them to be used based on vision level. We will help prepare you for the DMV so you can pass your driving exam.
Age Related Macular Degeneration
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The leading cause of vision loss for Americans over the age of 50. You will experience difficulty seeing out of the center of your eye. Broken down into wet and dry AMD, items will be blurry or you will have difficulty seeing in a dim light. Though there is no cure, treatments to slow down the progression and improve your lifestyle include specialty lenses, aids, injections, laser therapy, and an implantable miniature telescope from CentraSight. The Areds2 vitamin is the only proven supplement treatment for intermediate stage AMD. All these options should be discussed with your doctor.
This condition is most common with those suffering from Diabetes and can lead to blindness. Many of the effects are not felt until it is too late. This means it is important to have regular eye exam to detect any issues. Symptoms may include eye floaters, blurred vision, dark spots, flashing lights, and halos by lights. Treatments, depending on stage of development, range from low vision aids, drugs, laser correction, and surgery.
Juvenile Macular Degeneration
Known as the sneak thief of sight, this lifelong condition has no early symptoms of pain. That is why it is extremely important to have a regular eye exam to detect any warning signs. Though the damage can’t be reversed, various treatments such as drugs or surgery can be done to prevent further vision loss.
The most common cause of vision loss in people over 40 and affecting over half of those over 80. Your vision will become cloudy, blurred or dim. Special lenses or aids can help with the loss and ultimately, surgery can be a strong option should vision loss worsen.
Where as AMD is a condition that develops with age, JMD is a result of genetics that affects children and young adults. This too affects central vision and can be broken down into three categories: Stargardts, Best Disease, and Juvenile Retinoschisis. Though there is no cure, vision aids and other treatment can help the patient maintain an active lifestyle.