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November 21, 2006

Exercise May Protect Against Wet AMD

Posted in: Daily Living, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts November 2006 A study at the University of Wisconsin has shown that regular exercise may help to prevent the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). As reported in the November 2006 issue of British Journal of Ophthalmology, the study monitored almost 4,000 people between the ages of 43 and 86 over
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August 29, 2006

How Copeable Are You?

Posted in: Daily Living

From The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration by Daniel L. Roberts (Da Capo Press; August 29, 2006) Copeability is something everyone needs at some time or another in the course of life, particularly when experiencing loss of eyesight. It is something deep inside that waits until it is needed. When summoned, it rises to the
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December 15, 2005

SmartSight: Making the Most of Remaining Vision

Posted in: Daily Living

Information for Patients from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Reprinted with permission) Is it difficult for you to read the newspaper, see price tags or set dials? Are you bothered by glare? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then SmartSight is for you. Making the most of the vision you have is smart.
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September 25, 2005

Descriptions of Low Vision Magnifiers

Posted in: Daily Living

Device Description Advantages Disadvantages Hand-held magnifier “Sherlock Holmes” type portable magnifying glass. Small and inexpensive. Available in a wide range of powers (1.5X – 8X). Socially-accepted. Leaves only one hand free. Difficult to keep in focus if hand trembles. Clamps with flexible arms are available for attaching to table tops. Illuminated hand-held magnifier Portable lens
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September 7, 2005

Eccentric Viewing

Posted in: Daily Living, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts September 2005 Reviewed by Jennifer Galbraith, O.D. Eccentric viewing is a technique used by people with central vision loss. Also called Preferred Retinal Loci (PRL), it is a method by which the person looks slightly away from the subject in order to view it peripherally with another area of the visual field.
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July 30, 2005

What Can I Do To Keep Busy?

Posted in: Daily Living

by Dan Roberts Updated July 2005 One of the most common concerns of the vision-impaired is how to keep busy. People who are used to filling their days with lots of activities often find it difficult to replace those hours with things that don’t require good eyesight. I posed this problem to the people in
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December 25, 2004

Depression and Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Daily Living, Low Vision Rehabilitation

from Macular Degeneration–The Complete Guide To Saving And Maximizing Your Sight by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D. and Marja Mogk (Originally published September 2004. Reprinted with permission) Many people who lose vision go through a short period of mild depression as they grieve their loss and adjust their lives. But many others experi ence prolonged periods
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December 7, 2004

Is Brittany Blind?

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions

A presentation to students of Music Therapy at the University of Missouri, Kansas City December 7, 2004 Presenter: Dan Roberts Founding Director Macular Degeneration Support Introduction Ten-year-old Brittany has been a music and composition student of mine for three years. She was born with a rare condition called anophthalmia, which translates as “without organs of
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December 6, 2004

Fifteen Tips For Family And Friends

Posted in: Daily Living

Condensed from Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight, by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D., & Marja Mogk (September 2004. Reprinted by permission of the authors.) Many family members and friends of people with ARMD have asked me what they can do to help. Here are fifteen tips: 1. Be direct about
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July 25, 2004

Descriptive Terminology for Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Daily Living

by Dan Roberts Originally published July 2004 By their choice of words, eye care professionals, public relations writers and media reporters hold the power to influence the psychological impact of macular degeneration on newly-diagnosed patients. This article attempts to bring awareness of terminology that is both accurate and sensitive to patient welfare, thereby establishing a
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