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October 24, 2017

“I’m Visually Impaired, But . . .”

Posted in: Daily Living, Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts As we age, we face a number of challenges not enjoyed by the young. It seems like every day brings another condition that makes us wonder, “Is this the Big One that’s going to do me in?” Fortunately, most of these conditions are temporary, rearing their heads only to warn us that
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October 15, 2017

Some AMD Patients Still Foresee Dismal Futures

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts An empirical investigation* recently published in BMC Geriatrics suggests that patients being treated for the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) expect to be worse off than the general population, even though they expect to live as long. Specifically, they look forward to a more significant deterioration of health with age,
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October 13, 2017

Headworn Video Devices Are Helping The Visually Impaired To See Better

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

by Dan Roberts A Comparison of Two Leading Headworn Devices. Portable electronic magnifiers have come a long way in the past decade, improving clarity of vision for thousands. A natural development for those who prefer to have their hands free has been the creation of several types of headworn video devices, the leaders in the
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May 23, 2017

Summary of Research and Developments–2017

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

Presentation to the International Low Vision Support Group June 1, 2017 Dan Roberts INTRODUCTION This is my 12th annual summary of leading research and developments occuring during the past 12 months in the fields of blindness and low vision. Sources for further information will appear beneath each topic heading, but for the sake of brevity,
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April 26, 2017

Hidden Thoughts of the Visually Impaired

Posted in: Daily Living

Presented by Dan Roberts to the International Low Vision Support Group, February 2017) View/listen to the presentation. Those of us who are affected by vision loss often feel like we are in a vacuum, dealing alone with the physiological and emotional effects on our personal lives. We hesitate to discuss our concerns with anyone, so
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March 30, 2017

Assistive Technology in the Middle Lane

Posted in: Daily Living

by Dan Roberts (This presentation to the April 2017 session of the International Low Vision Support Group is also available in audio-visual format. The following transcript may be freely printed and distributed.) When it comes to assistive technology for the blind and visually impaired, so many options present themselves that it may be helpful to
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August 10, 2016

Is Blindness The “Worst Ailment”?

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts A recent online nationwide poll (1) has joined similar past studies in revealing that people consider vision loss to be the “worst ailment that could happen to them relative to losing memory, speech, hearing, or a limb.” The researchers’ intent was to “underscore the importance of focusing on preservation of eye health and the
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March 23, 2016

Hidden Disabilities: A Social Dilemma

Posted in: Daily Living

by Dan Roberts Margaret’s Story I was making my way down the sidewalk. I heard the clack-clack of skateboard wheels coming at me head-on. I couldn’t see which way to step, so I just froze in place, hoping the child would have good maneuvering skills. He didn’t. He collided with my bad hip, and his
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February 27, 2016

Low Vision Rehabilitation Needs More Emphasis on Communication and Social Skills

Posted in: Daily Living, Low Vision Rehabilitation

Lea Hyvärinen, MD, PhD (Honorary Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences at Rehabilitation and Education in Blindness or Impairment of Vision in Dortmund, Germany) has described social difficulties caused by types of blindness and visual impairment. In her paper, “Effect of Vision Loss on Communication and Social Skills” she writes that “many problems in communication and social skills are due to misunderstandings
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March 31, 2015

All About Eyeglasses

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions, Latest News

For something so important, most people know very little about their eyeglasses. What do those abbreviations and numbers on the prescription mean? Why do my friend and I have the same prescription numbers, when my vision is so much worse? What does 20/20 mean? If my best vision without glasses is 20/200, am I legally
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