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June 1, 2014

25 Ways To See

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An Overview of Low Vision Devices and Technology by Dan Roberts Available in audio/visual format Can a blind person see? Most thoughtful people now understand, or can be led to understand, that a blind person can indeed “see”. Just not with the eyes. Modern science has shown that it is our brains that see by interpreting the
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March 19, 2014

Talking Rx Labels Now Available

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CVS pharmacy now provides ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescriptions ordered for home delivery through its online pharmacy. The ScripTalk labels provide a safe and convenient way to access information on prescription labels for individuals who cannot read standard print. The ScripTalk labels are free to CVS.com pharmacy customers who are blind or visually impaired.
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February 5, 2014

Vision Loss and Social Security Disability

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Decreased vision leads to detrimental, life-altering complications, which often include loss of employment and increased difficulty carrying out everyday activities. If vision loss has negatively impacted your life, you may qualify for Social Security disability payments. There are two ways to file. If you have severe vision loss in both eyes and your vision in
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January 18, 2014

20 Things Eye Doctors Probably Don’t Tell You (But Would Like You To Know)

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by Dan Roberts Director, MD Support Optometrists and ophthalmologists are human. And like the rest of us humans, they can get tired, impatient, frustrated, despondent, and hurt. Unfortunately, professional decorum requires that they maintain a good front by either bottling up their thoughts or venting them at home–neither of which are necessarily good options. For
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December 6, 2013

Low Vision Seniors Are Self-Limiting Their Driving

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A new cross-sectional study has concluded that most patients with AMD-related central vision loss continue to drive, but that they demonstrate significant driving restrictions, especially with more severe visual acuity and contrast sensitivity loss. To determine if central visual loss is associated with driving cessation, driving restriction, or other-driver preference, researchers compared two groups of
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December 6, 2013

AREDS Formula Does Not Prevent AMD

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A recently completed study has shown that long-term daily intake of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and multivitamin supplements have no significant effect on prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). For nearly a decade, a total of 14,641 US male physicians age 50 and older took various combinations of the supplements in dosages comparable to
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December 6, 2013

Unequal Vision Can Cause Falling

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New research reported in Optometry & Vision Science has shed light on the possibility that falling may be partially blamed on a common condition in older adults called anisometropia. Anisometropia is a condition in which a person’s eyes have unequal refractive power, meaning different levels of myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness). After assessing refractive error
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November 26, 2013

You May See Better In The Clinic Than At Home

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Research reported in the November online issue of JAMA Ophthalmology addresses the question of why patients often notice a big difference between their vision at home and their results on clinical testing. Results from the test charts was found to be up to three lines better in the clinic. 126 patients were recruited and studied
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November 16, 2013

NIH Study Finds Patients at High-Risk for Developing Wet AMD Benefit from ForeseeHome Monitoring System

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Results of the Home Monitoring of the Eye (HOME) study, show that participants at high risk for developing wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD) using the ForeseeHome monitoring device strategy had significantly better preservation of their visual acuity than those used standard monitoring techniques. The HOME Study was a collaborative effort led by the National Eye Institute
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October 28, 2013

I Can’t See What You Mean

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by Dan Roberts, Editor-in-Chief Living Well With Low Vision I recently wrote about the challenges people with visual impairment face when listening to speech (“I Can’t See What You’re Saying“, October 4, 2013). In addition to audible confusion, as discussed in that article, our inability to see facial expressions can also cause difficulty understanding implicit
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