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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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July 6, 2013

What to Look For in an Electronic Magnifier

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by Dan Roberts (Reviewed by Michael Fischer, O.D.) With the large number of electronic magnifiers (CCTVs) available, knowing which is best-suited to your specific needs can be difficult. Of course, the best way to find out is to try out all of the models, but that just isn’t feasible. A better idea is to spend
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July 6, 2013

What Should I Ask My Doctor?

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions, Health and Nutrition, Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Updated July 2013 One of the most common problems encountered by people who are first diagnosed with macular degeneration is what to ask the doctor. The news usually takes us by surprise, and we may have never even heard of the disease before. To compound our confusion, many doctors do not have
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July 6, 2013

Ten Basic Courtesies For The Centrally Blind

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1. Address us by name so that we know you are talking to us. 2. Speak directly to us, rather than through someone else. 3. Greet us by giving your name so that we recognize you. 4. Speak in a natural conversational tone. It is not necessary to speak loudly or to over-enunciate. 5. Feel
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July 6, 2013

Lighting For Low Vision

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by Dan Roberts with supporting information provided by Roy Cole, O.D. What is the best kind of lighting for visually-impaired people? Is one kind of lamp better than another? These are two of the most-asked questions in a subject field that can be confusing at best. The bottom line is that people should use the
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July 6, 2013

Financial Assistance for Eye Care

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At one time or another, we all need help. With the high cost of medical care and prescriptions, it is good to know that there is assistance for those of us who qualify. This is a compilation of agencies and organizations that welcome your call. First inquire about assistance from local and state agencies: Local
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March 25, 2013

All About Magnifiers for AMD

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by Joe Fontenot, MD, CLVT Medical Director Community Services for Vision Rehabilitation 600 BelAir Blvd. Mobile AL 36606 Reprinted with permission from The Magnifier – Issue #90, Jan – Mar 2013, MD Foundation   Almost all people with macular degeneration do see better if things are larger or closer, and magnifiers make things seem larger
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May 11, 2012

The Financial Burden of Eye Disease

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

Ellen Troyer, MT MA Biosyntrx CEO/Chief Research Officer May 11, 2012 The National Eye Institute (NEI) estimates that the current annual cost of vision impairment and degenerative eye disease to the United States private and public sector exceeds $68 billion. And this number does not fully quantify the impact of lost productivity, diminished quality of
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