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March 11, 2012

What Is Macular Degeneration?

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

by Dan Roberts (Updated April 29, 2015) (Reviewed by Martin A. Mainster, Ph.D., M.D., FRCOphth) Audio/visual presentations on all related subjects Recommended books: The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Daniel L. Roberts Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight by Lylas Mogk, M.D.
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November 15, 2011

An Examination of Sensory Contributions to Independent Activities of Daily Living

Posted in: Daily Living

This paper is in PDF format. To download it, select this link.

October 3, 2011

Artificial Lighting and the Blue Light Hazard

Posted in: Daily Living

(The Facts About Lighting and Vision) by Dan Roberts, Founding Director Macular Degeneration Support Originally published on MDSupport, updated October 3, 2011) Contents Introduction What Is Light? The Blue Light Hazard Terms Referring to Measurement of Light Types of Lamps The Problem With Full-Spectrum Lamps Market Survey Summary Discussion Safe Options Live Comparison of Representative
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March 1, 2011

Maintaining Independence and Quality of Life

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts March 2011 The “English Longitudinal Study of Ageing” has found that people with poor eyesight are three to five times more likely than those with good eyesight to suffer from low quality of life, poor psychological health, and depression.1 When those inequalities are accounted for, however, the impact of poor eyesight itself
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February 10, 2011

“Crossing The Line From Visual To Nonvisual Skills”

Posted in: Daily Living, Low Vision Rehabilitation

An Interview with Maurice Peret (Blind Industries and Services of Maryland) Dan Roberts, Moderator International Low Vision Support Group February 10, 2011 Dan: Welcome to our webcast, Maurice. Please tell us how you became blind and how that led you into your work as rehabilitation trainer for Blind Industries and Services of Maryland. Maurice: How
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August 25, 2009

Driving Safely

Posted in: Daily Living

by Edward J. Huggett, O.D. Originally published August 2009 I am often asked, “How long is it safe to drive when your vision is deteriorating?” There are three visual factors that are important to consider when it comes to driving. Visual acuity (VA), visual field (VF) and contrast sensitivity (CS). There are others I will
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September 22, 2008

Pearls from Recent Studies on Low Vision Rehabilitation and Psychosocial Issues

Posted in: Daily Living, Research and Developments

Research of interest to the AMD Community as presented at Vision 2008, Montreal, Canada Selected and Summarized by Dan Roberts, Director, MD Support These findings are derived by the referenced authors based solely upon the results of their respective studies. In every case, more research is recommended before final conclusions can be drawn. Pearl #1.
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May 6, 2008

Sunglasses and Macular Degeneration

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by Dan Roberts May 2008 Why wear sunglasses? If you have a retinal disease, you are probably photosensitive, where too much direct light is painful for your eyes. You also have retinal cells that can be easily damaged by too much light, and some colors of light (even invisible light) have been shown to be
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November 25, 2007

Color Perception and Macular Degeneration

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Originally published November 2007 People with macular degeneration gradually lose their color perception. This is because the photoreceptor cone cells, which are most dense in the macula, are responsible for color vision. The rod cells, which proliferate in the peripheral field, provide only black and shades of gray. Color is interpreted by the brain. The
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January 30, 2007

A Safer Way to Treat SAD

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by Richard L. Hansler, Ph.D. (Director, Lighting Innovations Institute, John Carroll University. Executive Director, Light and Health Foundation.) Originally published January 2007 The broadly accepted method of treating Seasonally Affective Disorder (SAD) is exposure to light in the early morning. The mechanism by which this improves mood is not well understood despite many studies. There
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