Eye Conditions

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June 4, 2014

Prevent Blindness List of Lists

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions, Health and Nutrition, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts Editor-in-Chief, Prevent Blindness I was looking through our Prevent Blindness online library today and realized how many “listicles” there are. Listicles are articles formatted into lists, which old-school journalists say are rotting our brains. I should worry about that, but I enjoy reading and writing them, so I’ll take my chances. I
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March 1, 2014

What Is Low Vision?

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Low Vision Rehabilitation

By Dan Roberts An estimated fourteen million Americans have low vision, also called visual impairment. It is generally any interference with sight that hinders the performance of daily activities. More specifically, low vision describes varying degrees of sight loss caused by disease, trauma, or a congenital disorder. Low vision may appear as one or more of
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January 21, 2014

Glaucoma: The “Silent Thief of Sight”

Posted in: Eye Conditions

Courtesy: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH) Glaucoma is sometimes called the “silent thief of sight” because it slowly damages the eyes and can cause irreparable harm before there is any vision loss. But this disease is stealthy in more ways than one. Glaucoma has been known at least since antiquity, and yet,
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January 7, 2014

There’s so much more in life to see

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Latest News

January is National Glaucoma Month The best years are yet to come. With more free time, you can set your sights on wonderful places to go and people to see. Just make sure you keep an eye on glaucoma. Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damages the eye’s optic nerve, which carries visual signals
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August 13, 2013

Recognizing Cataract

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Latest News

Watch for Vision Changes as You Age As life goes on, we all start to notice certain changes that are a natural part of aging. Maybe our joints aren’t as flexible as before, or our hearing just isn’t what it used to be. Our vision, too, may be less sharp than it once was. One
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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 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

Numbers of People with Macular Degeneration and Other Retinal Diseases

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Dan Roberts This information is for those who might like to know how much company we have out there. The information in this article was derived from a presentation scheduled for the 2002 ARVO convention, and it is the best estimation of numbers in the United States that I have seen so far. For
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July 1, 2013

Understanding Drug Side Effects and Adverse Events

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

Presented to the International Low Vision Support Group by Dan Roberts July 2013 [Opening: montage of screen shots and audio of disclaimers from drug commercials] Pretty scary, isn’t it? Kind of like telling us we’re going to feel better or die trying. These commercials, which show peaceful scenes of happy people while a disembodied voice
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June 23, 2013

Floaters and Flashers

Posted in: Eye Conditions

Floaters Floaters are actually cellular debris within the vitreous, the jelly-like fluid that fills the inside of the eye. They may be seen as strings, streaks, clouds, bugs, dots, dust, or spider webs. These objects appear to be in front of the eye, but they are really floating in this fluid, and at the same
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