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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

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

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

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

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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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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