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Spectrum Eye Physicians Offers Help For Low Vision

Low vision can cause significant difficulties in managing everyday activities. If the low vision is because of an eye disease, individuals may require ongoing care to maintain their current level. In addition, they may require professional advice for managing ordinary tasks. The ophthalmologists and optometrists at Spectrum Eye Physicians can monitor and treat eye diseases that affect vision and can help with visual aides

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What Is Low Vision?

Low vision is a vision that is below the normal range that cannot be corrected with corrective lenses or surgery. Low vision can be caused by congenital problems, injury or disease. Individuals are considered partially sighted if vision is between 20/40 and 20/200 with prescription lenses. Individuals are considered legally blind if vision is 20/200 or less, even with correction. Low vision can also involve problems with central vision, peripheral vision or night vision.

Why Is Low Vision Important?

Low vision can restrict your ability to perform work tasks or even to do ordinary activities. However, regular care from your eye doctor will ensure that you maintain your current vision and can provide advice on ways to maximize your vision for everyday living.

Tips For Keeping Eyes Healthy

Vision experts recommend a number of measures to protect your vision and ensure healthy eyes.

  • Get regular eye exams, with dilation to detect problems of the internal structures of the eyes.
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Don’t smoke, and if you smoke, talk to your doctor about ways to quit
  • Always wear sunglasses when out in bright sunlight to protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays.
  • Wear protective goggles when working with chemicals or doing construction tasks.
  • If you wear contact lenses, follow proper hygiene measures.
  • Rest your eyes when doing tasks by following the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look away from the task about 20 feet for 20 seconds.
  • If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar carefully and get more frequent eye exams to prevent diabetic retinopathy that can cause vision loss.

Contact Spectrum Eye Physicians for Ophthalmology Care in the Bay Area

The ophthalmologists and optometrists at Spectrum Eye Physicians bring their extensive training and experience to help their patients in the Bay Area maintain their vision and see at their highest possible level. With locations in San Jose, Cupertino, Los Gatos and Santa Cruz, we provide full-service eye care for your needs. Call Spectrum Eye Physicians today at 408-884-2215 for an appointment at an office near you to learn how to maximize your vision for everyday tasks.