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July 16, 2013

When News Gets Slow

Posted in: Latest News

by Dan Roberts When news gets slow and papers still need to be sold, we’re likely to see just about anything in the headlines. Here are three I read just this past week: “Type A People Are Less Likely to Die From Type 1 Diabetes!” “Omega-3 Linked to Prostate Cancer!” “New Magnifying Contact Lens Gives
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July 15, 2013

Understand Drug Side Effects and Adverse Events

Posted in: Latest News

In the shadow of recent severe health problems caused by irresponsible repackaging (compounding) of drugs for use in the clinics, MD Support offers a free audio/visual presentation to help patients understand drug side effects and adverse events. Speaking to the International Low Vision Support Group, Dan Roberts addresses the compounding issue as part of a
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July 14, 2013

Support Groups for the Visually Impaired

Posted in: Daily Living

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 14, 2013

The Low Vision Rehabilitation Delivery Model

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

This is a graphic representation of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Delivery Model as developed by representatives of the four vision academies and a consumer representative. Read about the project. Below the graphic is a description of each step in the continuum of care it represents. With this information, you hold the key that will open
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July 12, 2013

Visual Field Grid

Posted in: Vision Tests

The Visual Field Grid was designed to allow you to map the scotomas (blind spots) in your central vision. It is easy to do, and it can be used to either monitor your own own progress or to explain your vision to others. To map your visual field, print this page and follow the steps
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July 12, 2013

Snellen Chart

Posted in: Vision Tests

This is the same chart that your doctor uses to determine your visual acuity. The normal height for the letter A is 88 mm, and the viewing distance is 6 meters. To properly view the chart on your monitor: Measure the height of the letter A in millimeters Divide by 88 Multiply by 6 The
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July 12, 2013

Amsler Grid

Posted in: Vision Tests

The purpose of the Amsler Grid is to identify distortion in your visual field. To accomplish it, sit approximately 18 inches from your monitor screen and close either eye. Stare at the center of the grid, and observe the surrounding area peripherally. If any lines are distorted (“bent”), this is evidence of swelling of your
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July 7, 2013

“Dear Doctor”

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

A plea from a patient who thought nothing could be done. Dear Doctor, You treat patients with low vision and serve us well. Often, however, we hear “nothing can be done for you”. It’s true, but it hurts. With no additional aid, we soon realize that it is beyond our capabilities to win the battle
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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

Posted in: Daily Living

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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July 6, 2013

What is a Clinical Trial?

Posted in: Research and Developments

(From “The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration,” (Sep 2006) by Daniel L. Roberts) A clinical trial involves direct observation of a living patient to answer specific questions about vaccines, therapies, or new methods. It is designed in four phases, during which rigorous protocols must be followed under FDA guidelines: Phase I: Determination of safety and
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July 6, 2013

Ten Basic Courtesies For The Centrally Blind

Posted in: Daily Living

1. Address us by name so that we know you are talking to us. 2. Speak directly to us, rather than through someone else. 3. Greet us by giving your name so that we recognize you. 4. Speak in a natural conversational tone. It is not necessary to speak loudly or to over-enunciate. 5. Feel
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July 6, 2013

Preferential Hyperacuity Perimetry (PHP)

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

A Method of Early Detection of AMD Progression by Dan Roberts Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. has developed a device that is proving to be an effective tool for early detection of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Called the PreView PHP™ (Preferential Hyperacuity Perimetry), it identifies deviations in the retina using a vision test based upon the
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