Low Vision Care in San Mateo

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We Can Help You Adjust to Changes in Your Vision

When vision is reduced to a point where glasses, contact lenses, or surgery can no longer correct it, it’s considered low vision. In the United States, an individual with vision that cannot be corrected to better than 20/200 in the best eye, or has 20 degrees or less of visual field remaining, is considered legally blind.

Although it may take some lifestyle adjustments and support from your loved ones, most individuals with low vision can continue to lead fulfilling and engaging lives. At Optical Illusions, we’ll work with you to develop a plan that helps you live comfortably.

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What Causes Low Vision?

Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is a degenerative condition that affects the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive lining at the back of the eye where light focuses to create the images we see. With AMD, the central most part of the retina, called the macula, begins to deteriorate and cause blurred vision.

AMD can progress to a point where central vision is completely blocked, making it the leading cause of blindness in people over 50. Over 1.6 million Americans have age-related macular degeneration.

Cataracts are a naturally occurring condition that affects the usually transparent lens in the eye. With age, the lens begins to cloud over, which interferes with how light enters the eye. Cataracts can range from a mild “haze” over the eye to a completely opaque lens that allows little to no light to pass through.

Surgery can be performed in healthy eyes to remove the clouded lens and replace it with a clear artificial lens, called an intraocular lens. However, surgery isn’t always an option for some individuals with low vision. These people will require low vision rehabilitation to maximize the vision they have.

Glaucoma is a condition often referred to as “the silent thief of sight.” The disease has garnered this name because it is often asymptomatic until vision loss begins to occur.

Glaucoma affects the optic nerve, which carries information from the visual system to the brain. The most common type of glaucoma occurs when the eye’s fluid cannot drain properly, causing internal eye pressure to rise. The elevated intraocular pressure puts stress on the optic nerve and subsequently damages it.

If diagnosed and treated early, vision loss related to glaucoma can often be minimized. However, if the condition is allowed to progress, severe vision loss, and even blindness can occur.

Living With Low Vision

There are several different types of low vision. These include:

  • Loss of central vision
  • Loss of peripheral (side) vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Reduced contrast sensitivity
  • Glare light sensitivity
  • Night blindness

The doctors at Optical Illusions specialize in low-vision rehabilitation. We can help examine your situation and provide a therapeutic approach to regain control of your life.

Visual rehabilitation programs maximize visual functioning so you can improve the overall quality of your life. Typical programs may involve prescription glasses or contact lenses, magnification devices, assistive technology, and many other helpful tools. We may also refer you to additional specialists to assist with other parts of your life that may be affected.

Overall, we will work hard to help you maintain your independence through various lifestyle adjustments. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us — we’re happy to help.

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Our Location

Our location in the prestigious Hillsdale Shopping Center (beside Nordstrom) means we are open seven days a week and have an abundance of parking.

To better serve your vision needs, we provide evening appointments and offer services in Chinese, Spanish, and English.

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194 Hillsdale Shopping Center
San Mateo, CA 94403

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Phone: (650) 341-8080
Fax: (650) 341-8565
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