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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

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

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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July 14, 2013

Support Groups for the Visually Impaired

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Here are opportunities to socialize and share information with others living with various retinal degenerative conditions. Live Support Groups American Council of the Blind Foundation Fighting Blindness International Low Vision Support Group TeleSupport Prevent Blindness America Internet Message Boards American Foundation for the Blind Eye and Vision Foundation Fighting Blindness Macular Degeneration (MD) Forum Internet
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July 6, 2013

Your Spectacle Prescription Explained

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions

This information will help you decipher those numbers and abbreviations on your spectacle prescription. It is also available as part of an audiovisual presentation, “All About Eyeglasses”. A spectacle lens tries to focus a clear image onto the retina. The doctor’s prescription is due mainly to the shape of your cornea. If you are only
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July 6, 2013

What Your Low Vision Doctor Needs To Know

Posted in: Daily Living, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Edward J. Huggett, Jr., O.D., P.A. Chief of Low Vision Services St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute Tarpon Springs, Florida A low vision examination is quite different from a typical eye examination. Rather than looking for visual dysfunction and ways to treat it, a low vision doctor tries to learn what vision you have
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