August 1, 2013

Audio/Visual Library

Posted in: Audio Visual Library

This is where you will find free audio/visual presentations by leading professionals on topics related to eye conditions and low vision. Produced for sessions of the International Low Vision Support Group, these programs are useful for individual showing and for group presentations.

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Full-length Presentation Categories:

Diet and Nutrition

Low Vision Devices and Technology

Low Vision Rehabilitation

Motivational Talks

Practical Living

Research and Treatment

Mini-Presentations About Eye Conditions

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Diet and Nutrition


“Aging, Inflammation, and Antioxidants”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Dec 2012
(Flash format/Time=33:22)

Ellen Troyer, MT MA (CEO and Chief Research Officer, Biosyntrx Nutraceuticals) presents new research about how the aging process can be slowed in seniors through diet and nutrition.


“Body Weight and Eye Disease”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Feb 2009
(Flash format/Time=50:27)

Ellen Troyer, MT MA, provides latest information about obesity as a risk factor for AMD, including helpful advice on maintaining a proper diet.


“Feeding the Soul–Ladder to the Moon”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Nov 2015
(MP4 format/Time=17:59)

Nutrition expert Ellen Troyer (CEO, Biosyntrx, Inc.) offers an inspiring talk about how involvement in the humanities can do wonders for both the spirit and general body health.


“Holiday Nutrition Magic”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Dec 2011
(Flash format/Time=39:00)

Ellen Troyer, MT MA and Sandra Young, OD bring new information about nutrition, plus some tasty, eye healthy recipes for the holidays.


“Nutrition for Healthy Eyes”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Dec 2006
(Flash format/Time=40:00)

A presentation by Ellen Troyer, MT MA


“Nutrition: Separating Fact From Fiction”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Dec 2009
(Flash format/Time=54:52)

A presentation by Ellen Troyer, MT MA


“Super Foods for 2011”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Dec 2010
(Flash format)

Ellen Troyer, MT MA answers the questions, “Why do we care about super foods? What are they, and what can they do for the eyes?”


“Smart Medicine For Your Eyes”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Sep 2011
(Flash format/Time=47:51)

A complete and comprehensive summary by Jeffrey Anshel, OD, FAAO (President, Ocular Nutrition Society) of all current information on the subject of nutrition for the eyes and for good health in general.


“What You See Is What You Eat”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Sep 2008
(Flash format/Time=56:00)

A comprehensive discussion of nutrition and AMD presented by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D., Director, Visual Rehabilitation & Research Center, Henry Ford Health System, Michigan.


“What’s New in Nutrition?”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Dec 2013
(Flash format/Time=20:00)

Ellen Troyer, M.T., M.A. (Chief Research Officer, Biosyntrx, Inc.) returns to update us on the past year’s developments in nutrition science. Her talk includes a clarification of the AREDS2 results.

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Low Vision Devices and Technology


“Focus on Lighting”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Feb 2007
(Flash format/Time=54:00)

Information about task and ambient lighting in the home presented by Charles Schwartz, M.S., low vision product specialist.


“Facing Technophobia”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Jul 2010
(Flash format/Time=39:22)

Dorrie Rush (Lighthouse International) offers advice on how to ease fear of new low vision technology.


“Learning Nonvisual Skills–Part One: Using a Cane”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Mar 2009
(Flash format/Time=51:00)

The first is a series of presentations on using sight substitution techniques and devices. This session by Robert W. Massof, Ph.D., introduces the reasons for, and benefits of, cane use by the visually impaired.


“New Technology for People With Low Vision”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Nov 2011
(Flash format/Time=59:00)

An update by Ike Presley (American Foundation for the Blind) on current devices and software.


“Senior EZ Livin'”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Feb 2008
(Flash format/Time=70:00)

A presentation by Charles Schwartz, low vision product support specialist, on “tricks and tips” for easier living, with focus on available assistive devices.


“You Don’t Need a Computer to See–Video and Adaptive Technology for the Low Vision Patient”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Aug 2009
(Flash format/Time=55:00)

Michael Fischer, O.D. describes assistive devices available for low vision people who do not have computer access.

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Low Vision Rehabilitation


“A Look at the Future: Low Vision Rehabilitation”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Oct 2009
(Flash format/Time=45:13)

Gislin Dagnelie, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University) predicts future development of vision measurement techniques, low vision devices, and retinal prostheses.


“Can Low Vision Rehabilitation Help?”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Oct 2012
(Flash format/Time=30:04)

Author and Low Vision Specialist Leslie Burkhardt, MSLVT, discusses how low vision rehabilitation educates about vision loss, and how it helps maximize remaining eyesight. Ms Burkhardt’s free “Visual Skills Workbook” is available in the Low Vision Publications Library.


“Crossing the Line From Visual to Nonvisual Skills”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Feb 2011
(Flash format/Time=51:28)

An interview with O&M Instructor Maurice Peret about making the transition from visual to nonvisual approaches to activities of daily living.


“Head, Heart, and Eyes”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Jan 2011
(Flash format/Time=58:27)

R. Tracy Williams, OD, FAAO, and Leah Gerlach, M.S., C.R.C. (Spectrios Institute for Low Vision, Wheaton, IL) discuss their highly successful approach to low vision rehabilitation of the total person.


“Learning to Live with Low Vision: A Journey Through Rehabilitation”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Jun 2006
(Flash format/Time=35:00)

Follow one patient through every step of training, from evaluation through home visitation. Presented by Dan Roberts, MD Support Director, with professional actor Richard C. Brown.


“Limited Vision…Unlimited Potential”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Nov 2012
(Flash format/Time=28:00)

Tracy Williams, O.D., F.A.A.O. and Gregg Pusateri, O.D., M.Div. (Spectrios Institute, Wheaton IL) answer questions posed by ILVSG Director Dan Roberts about the importance of low vision rehabilitation to a person’s psychological and spiritual well-being.


“The Latest in Low Vision Rehabilitation”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Jan 2010
(Flash format/Time=49:37)

Bruce Rosenthal, O.D. (Lighthouse International), reveals what’s new in the field of low vision rehabilitation.


“What Is Low Vision Rehabilitation?”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Aug 2007
(Flash format/Time=48:48)

A thorough overview of one of the most important steps in the continuum of care following diagnosis of visual impairment. Presented by Orli Weisser-Pike, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV, a leader in the field of low vision rehabilitation.

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Motivational Talks


“Adventures in Darkness”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Nov 2008
(Flash format/Time=57:21)

A highly inspirational hour with Tom Sullivan (actor, singer, entertainer, author, producer)


“All About Glasses”

(MP4 format/Time=22:25)

Dan Roberts (ILVSG Director) explains prescription numbers, types of eyeglasses, how visual acuity is measured, and how to choose the right sunglasses. Four different eye tests are included in the newsletter for self-monitoring between exams.


“AMD Public Service Announcement” (On YouTube)
Time=2 min 30 sec

A mother tells her young daughter about Grandma’s visual impairment. An inspirational message for people affected by AMD and other sight-robbing diseases.


“Crashing Through–Making the Most of Life in the Face of Adversity”

International Low Vision Support Group session, May 2009
(Flash format/Time=43:59)

Michael May, the subject of the book, “Crashing Through,” regained vision after 43 years of total blindness. He discusses his philosophy of life and describes how his company’s global positioning system is helping blind people get around.


“Emotion and Adjustment”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Apr 2011
(Flash format/Time=51:00)

Julia Kleinschmidt, Ph.D. (Moran Eye Center, Utah) helps us understand why we sometimes feel the way we do, and how we might make the necessary adjustments.


“Issues With Low Vision”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Mar 2007
(Flash format/Time=36:00)

McDonald Curran introduces AMD Alliance International and the Macular Disease Society, and talks about his life since diagnosis with wet AMD.


“Maintaining Your Quality of Life”

International Low Vision Support Group session, May 2008
(Flash format/Time=47:00)

A presentation by Michael Epp (Envision Rehabilitation Center, Wichita, Kansas)


“Seeing Lessons”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Nov 2010
(Flash format/Time=57:20)

Conversation between Dan Roberts (MD Support Director) and Tom Sullivan (blind entertainer, author, actor and athlete) with audio clips of stories and songs from his one-man show.


“Spirituality Can Help”

International Low Vision Support Group session, May 2011
(Flash format/Time=38:47)

Presenter Colleen O’Donnell is a leading certified low vision therapist who advocates nurturing the spiritual side as a strong source of support for many people.


“Straight Talk About Copability”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Sep 2006
(Flash format/Time=31:00)

A presentation by Mary Jay Clough, ACSW, and Roy Cole, O.D. from the Jewish Guild for the Blind in New York City.


“The Monster Behind The Door”

International Low Vision Support Group session, February 2014
(Flash format/Time=22:00)

Dan Roberts (Director, MD Support) discusses how conquering our fear of the unknown can open doors of opportunity.


“Reclaiming Independence: Staying in the Driver’s Seat When You No Longer Drive”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Jan 2009
(Flash format/Time=56:30)

A presentation by L. Penny Rosenblum, Ph.D. (University of Arizona)


“What’s Your Story?”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Jul 2011
(Flash format/Time=30:20)

Featuring the portraits of Adam Hahn. Interviews with low vision individuals provided by AMD Alliance International.


“Who Am I and What Am I Doing Here?”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Oct 2008
(Flash format/Time=55:41)

A chat with Dan Roberts (MD Support Director) about the patient’s role in the continuum of care.


“With The Heart One Sees Rightly”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Nov 2006
(Flash format/Time=40:00)

A discussion with Lylas G. Mogk, M.D. and Marja Mogk, Ph.D., authors of Macular Degeneration:The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight.

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Practical Living


“Aging Successfully with Vision Loss: Creative Pursuits and Leisure Activities”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Mar 2008
(Flash format/Time=59:00)

A presentation by Colleen O’Donnell, MSA, OTR, CLVT and Mary Ellen Daniel, MSA, OTR, CLVT (Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit MI)


“Artificial Lighting and the Blue Light Hazard”

Time=30:00

What is light? What are the different types of lamps? How can full spectrum lighting hurt the retina? This highly-in formative presentation includes results from a survey of the full spectrum lighting market and a comparison of five sample lamps. Content was based upon the research paper, Artificial Lighting and the Blue Light Hazard.


“Blocking the Blue”

(Flash format/Time=18:51)

Could blue light exposure during routine dilated eye exams be causing or contributing to the development of AMD? Patricia Hawse presents her theory.


“The Challenges of Multiple Age-Related Disabilities”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Jan 2008
(Flash format/Time=55:00)

Mary Warren, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA (Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham) discusses the challenges faced by the aging senior adult. The focus is particularly on memory and cognition, issues that are closely related to living with vision loss.


“Helping Others Understand”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Mar 2012
(Flash format/Time=14:00)

Suggestions of ways to increase understanding of visual impairment by family members, friends, and care givers. Free companion booklet, “Caring for the Visually Impaired”, available here.


“Keeping Fit: Fall Prevention and Exercise for Older Adults With Vision Loss”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Aug 2011
(Flash format/Time=40:00)

Low vision rehabilitation therapist Anne Riddering discusses ways to avoid falling and how senior adults with low vision can improve their health through simple and effective exercise. This is important information that patients and caregivers alike should have.


“Memory as a Substitute for Vision: The Aging Brain”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Jul 2009
(Flash format/Time=40:00)

A presentation by Colleen O’Donnell, MSA, OTR, CLVT (Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan)


“Self-Monitoring Your Vision”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Feb 2012
(Flash format/Time=25:00)

Discussion of the importance of self-monitoring between exams, including descriptions of home tests available. Presenters: Dan Roberts (Director, MD Support) and Mark Roser (KeepSight Testing & Monitoring Solutions)


“Setting Up A Computer For Users With Low Vision”

(Flash format/Time=65:39)

A presentation by Azhar Karim emphasizing that legally blind people can make a computer accessible without purchasing extra software. Recommended for low vision Windows users who are already familiar with basic computer operation.


“Successful Self-Management”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Oct 2007
(Flash format/Time=35:46)

Presentation by Lynne Noon, O.D. on how to manage your own continuum of care and be an effective partner in your treatment and rehabilitation.


“The T.A.S.K. of Living With Central Vision Loss”

International Low Vision Support Group session, May 2006
(Flash format/Time=21 :00)

Presentation by Dan Roberts, MD Support Director, about four effective strategies for living successfully with visual impairment: Tenacity, Adaptability, Support, and Knowledge.


“Travel Without Trouble (In Spite of Low Vision)”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Jul 2008
(Flash format/Time=28:00)

Important tips from Dan Roberts, MD Support Director, about how to travel with safety and confidence.


“Navigating Everyday Tasks With Less Stress”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Apr 2010
(Flash format/Time=48:30)

A presentation by low vision rehabilitation therapist Anita Arakawa, M.A. (West Los Angeles V.A. Medical Center)


“Understanding Drug Side Effects and Adverse Events”

International Low Vision Support Group session, July 2013
(Flash format/Time=27:00)

MD Support Director Dan Roberts explains what patients should and should not be concerned about when undergoing drug treatment.

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Research and Treatment


“The ABCs of Macular Degeneration”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Mar 2006
(Flash format/Time=15:30)

Answers to the initial questions asked by a newly-diagnosed patient: 1) What is macular degeneration? 2) What are they doing about it? 3) What can I do to maintain my quality of life? This presentation includes material from the article, “What Is Macular Degeneration?”


“Alternative Medicine”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Jul 2007
(Flash format/Time=50:20)

Discussion of the pros and cons of therapies outside the medical mainstream, to include acupuncture, chelation therapy, RHEO procedure, homeopathy, microcurrent stimulation, ECHO therapy, biocurrent therapy and the Santa Fe Protocol.


“Blinder Than I”

Time=27:00

A short play about empathy and understanding written by Dan Roberts and presented by children from the Academy of Performing Arts in Grandview, Missouri. A discussion of the main points of the play is included in the presentation. Read the play and discussion script.


“Celebrating Successes During AMD Week 2009”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Sep 2009
(Flash format/Time=50:51)

A panel of leaders in the field of low vision answer questions about progress in patient advocacy, research, treatment, and low vision rehabilitation.


“Diabetes and Vision Loss”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Oct 2010
(Flash format/Time=43:14)

Roy Cole, O.D., and Karen McCauley, R.N., discuss the types and treatment of diabetes, plus its potential effects on vision.


“Hallucinations and Low Vision–Understanding Charles Bonnet Syndrome”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Oct 2011
(Flash format/Time=26:14)

Liz Trauernicht (MD Foundation) presents Oliver Sacks, MD, and Marjorie Louer, retired educator, discussing the causes and effects of Charles Bonnet Syndrome.


“Hearing and Vision Loss”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Aug 2008
(Flash format/Time=43:54)

A discussion by audiologist Helen J. Simon, Ph.D. on the comodalities of hearing loss and visual impairment.


How Blind Is Blind?”

(Flash format/Time=25 min.)

A two-part presentation in Flash format by Dan Roberts, MD Support Director, and August Colenbrander, M.D. The questions “Does AMD cause blindness?” and “What are the ranges of vision loss?” are answered and clarified.


“Summary of Research and Development–2011”

International Low Vision Support Group session
(Flash format/Time=20:00)

A condensation for the layperson by MD Support director Dan Roberts of developments in the field of AMD from June 2010 through May 2011. Read the transcript.


“Summary of Research–2012”

International Low Vision Support Group session
(Flash format/Time=20:00)

A condensation for the layperson by MD Support director Dan Roberts of developments in the field of AMD from June 2011 through May 2012. Read the transcript.


“Summary of Research–2013”

International Low Vision Support Group session
(Flash format/Time=31:00)

A condensation for the layperson by MD Support director Dan Roberts of developments in the field of AMD from June 2012 through May 2013. Read the transcript.


“Summary of Research–2014

International Low Vision Support Group session
(Flash format/Time=38:19)
A condensation for the layperson by MD Support director Dan Roberts of developments in the field of AMD from June 2013 through May 2014. Read the text online.


“Summary of Research & Developments-2015”
International Low Vision Support Group session
(MP4 format/Time=34:32)
A condensation for the layperson by MD Support director Dan Roberts of developments in the field of AMD from June 2013 through May 2014. Read the text online.


“Summary of Research & Developments-2016”
International Low Vision Support Group session
(Mp4 format/Time=50:52)
A condensation for the layperson by MD Support director Dan Roberts of developments in the field of AMD from June 2015 through May 2016.

Read the text online.
Download the script in PDF format.


“A Look at the Future: AMD Research and Treatment”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Dec 2009
(Flash format/Time=55:21)

Gerald Chader, Ph.D. (Chief Scientific Officer, Doheny Retina Institute, Los Angeles, CA) summarizes the anatomy, pathology, and current treatments related to AMD, followed by an overview of research leading to promising future treatments. Comprehensive and easy to understand.


“A Quarter Century of Treating Wet AMD: The New Era”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Jan 2007
(Flash format/Time=54:00)

A presentation by Janet Sunness, M.D., Medical Director, Hoover Rehabilitation Services for Low Vision and Blindness, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.


“Radiation Therapy For Macular Degeneration”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Sep 2010
(Flash format/Time=1:00:01)

Peter Sonkin, M.D., reviews causes and treatments for wet macular degeneration, followed by a description of epiretinal brachytherapy, a radiation treatment in combination with anti-VEGF injection therapy.


“Research and Treatment for Dry AMD”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Mar 2010
(Flash format/Time=47:59)

A presentation by Janet Sunness (Greater Baltimore Medical Center)


“Understanding Genetics”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Feb 2010
(Flash format/Time=48:45)

An introduction to genetics as it relates to AMD, presented by Stuart Richer, O.D., Ph.D. A substantial amount of information that may require more than one viewing.


“Understanding Stem Cells”

International Low Vision Support Group session, May 2010
(Flash format/Time=32:43)

A comprehensive presentation by MD Support director Dan Roberts delivering pertinent information about stem cells and development of stem cell research since 2001. Additional discussion provided by Professors Claudio Stern and Pete Coffey (University College London).


“Understanding Stem Cells”

International Low Vision Support Group session
(Flash format/Time=32:43)

A comprehensive presentation by MD Support director Dan Roberts delivering pertinent information about stem cells and development of stem cell research since 2001. Additional discussion provided by Professors Claudio Stern and Pete Coffey (University College London).


“What’s So Funny About Low Vision?”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Sep 2012
(Audio MP3 format/Time=20:00)

20 minutes of humorous jokes and anecdotes about life with visual impairment, as contributed by members of the low vision community and told by MD Support Director Dan Roberts.


“What You Should Know About Glaucoma”

International Low Vision Support Group session, Aug 2010
(Flash format/Time=29:40)

The causes, types, and treatments for glaucoma are explained by Dr. Edward J. Huggett, O.D. (Huggett Vision Institute, Holiday FL), and David Mittelstein (Vision for Vision, Laguna Niguel, CA).

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Mini-Presentations


Brief Flash format presentations for low vision individuals or groups seeking to understand causes, symptoms and treatment of common eye conditions. Narrated by Dan Roberts.

“Age-Related Macular Degeneration” (10:37)

“Cataract Surgery” (8:20)

“Diabetic Retinopathy” (10:18)

“Dry Eye” (6:35)

“Eyelid Problems” (10:50)

“Floaters and Flashes” (4:32)

“Glaucoma” (7:00)

“How The Eye Works” (9:10)

“Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation” (10:30)

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