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December 11, 2014

Print Your Own Glasses

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

by Dan Roberts Need a new pair of prescription glasses? Print them yourself at home. Just enter the results from your smart phone’s vision exam app into your home 3D printer, choose a frame style, and press a button. Within a few minutes, your new custom made glasses are ready to wear. This scenario sounds
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June 25, 2014

Blindness Can Be Prevented Now

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Editorial by Dan Roberts, Editor-in-Chief Prevent Blindness Since 1908, Prevent Blindness has been living up to its name by educating the public about early prevention and detection. It has done this by way of vision screenings, educational programs, research support, and advocacy. But the organization hasn’t stopped there. It realizes that preventing blindness means more
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June 4, 2014

Prevent Blindness List of Lists

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions, Health and Nutrition, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts Editor-in-Chief, Prevent Blindness I was looking through our Prevent Blindness online library today and realized how many “listicles” there are. Listicles are articles formatted into lists, which old-school journalists say are rotting our brains. I should worry about that, but I enjoy reading and writing them, so I’ll take my chances. I
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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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