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April 23, 2018

New Web Tool Lets AMD Patients Map Their Visual Fields At Home

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Vision Tests

One of the frustrations of visual impairment is the difficulty of explaining our vision to others. We often hear things like, “How did you see that? I thought you were blind!” Another issue we deal with is how to personally keep track of our vision changes throughout the progression of our disease. Our eye doctors have
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April 16, 2018

Will Driverless Vehicles Be Accessible To The Visually Impaired?

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Autonomous (driverless) vehicles are on the way. The technology is already in place, having been successfully tested for several years under every city and highway traveling condition. Many automakers report that their new cars are now being equipped for driverless operation, so the change-over will be easy when the time comes. And
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March 5, 2018

Accessible Prescription Labels Offer Convenience and Safety

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

People who cannot read their prescription labels often make medication errors, sometimes leading to hospitalization or worse. To address this serious issue, several pharmacies now provide accessible prescription labels. Provided by En-Vision America, “Scriptability” labels provide a safe and convenient way to access prescription information for individuals who cannot read standard print. The labels are
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March 3, 2018

Aging Can Cause Eye Problems Other Than Low Vision Disease

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

by Ellen Troyer, MT MA CEO & Chief Research Officer, Biosyntrx Just as hair turns gray with age, bladders weaken and memories lapse, our eyes, too, undergo a metamorphosis. Although these changes are all part of normal aging, some set the stage for more serious eye problems. As eyes age, eyelid muscles weaken, and skin becomes
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February 3, 2018

Low Vision Lighting Technology is Improving

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

by Dan Roberts Advancements in lighting technology for the visually impaired have made big strides during the past 12 years. Before 2005, companies were touting their new full spectrum (“daylight”) lamps as “healthy for aging eyes”. Patients, and even their doctors, were led to believe that the sun at high noon is the best and
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December 5, 2017

Headworn Video Devices Are Helping The Visually Impaired To See Better

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

by Dan Roberts (Updated 12/4/2017) 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 field being eSight, NuEyes, and
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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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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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