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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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October 12, 2013

Riding the AMD Roller Coaster

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Why do we see on some days worse than on others? by Dan Roberts Editor-in-Chief, Low Vision Resources Gradual vision loss is to be expected with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Even though it is expected, however, slow deterioration of our view of the world can cause fear, depression, and chronic stress in those of us
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October 4, 2013

I Can’t See What You’re Saying

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When the link breaks between sight and sound by Dan Roberts, Editor-in-Chief PBA Low Vision Resource Center Why do we visually impaired people also seem to have trouble understanding speech? Do we really need people to speak louder to us, as they are often prone to do? The answer may come from recent findings at
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October 2, 2013

Please Help Me, I’m Falling!

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by Joe Fontenot MD, CLVT and Marie Cafferty LPTA, SARPC (Reprinted with permission from “The Magnifier”, a publication of MD Foundation.) Common sense, as well as the Mr. McGoo cartoons, tells us that poor vision makes it more likely to fall. Medical studies bear this out. Falls are serious and frequent events. According to a
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September 22, 2013

Talking Books Service Has Gone Mobile

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Talking Books is a service of the National Library Service (NLS), Library of Congress. People who are certified as legally blind, or otherwise unable to comfortably read print, may access over 50,000 titles in audio format at no cost. Until now, participants have been sent audio materials on tape, playable on special machines provided by
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September 18, 2013

September is National Guide Dog Month

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By Elle Aldridge Freelance writer and Security & Safety Expert Securitycompanies.com Over the past century, improvements to optical health — specifically blindness, macular degeneration (MD) and other disorders — have evolved tremendously. From public initiatives to medical procedures, advances have come a long way. 
One option for those who suffer from macular degeneration and other
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August 22, 2013

Support Groups Can Improve Quality of Life

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by Dan Roberts Researchers have found that facilitated patient support groups can significantly improve visual quality of life (VQoL) for visually impaired people. Twenty-nine groups of up to six patients each were recruited for participation in a “peer group emotional support service” facilitated by trained counselors for a period of six months. Their responses to
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August 19, 2013

Doctors Don’t Like Talking to Patients

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An editorial by Frank J. Weinstock, M.D., F.A.C.S. Reprinted with permission from Opthalmology Management (May 1999)      If you’re frustrated by your doctor’s lack of social skills, you’re not alone. It’s a problem common enough that doctors themselves sometimes have to remind one another of the importance of good communication with their patients. Here is an editorial
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