Daily Living

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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

Posted in: Daily Living

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

Posted in: Daily Living

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

Posted in: Daily Living

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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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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