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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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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 6, 2013

Lighting For Low Vision

Posted in: Daily Living

by Dan Roberts with supporting information by Roy Cole, O.D. (Updated February 2, 2018) What is the best kind of lighting for visually-impaired people? Is one kind of lamp better than another? These are two of the most-asked questions in a subject field that can be confusing at best. The bottom line is that people
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July 6, 2013

Financial Assistance for Eye Care

Posted in: Daily Living

At one time or another, we all need help. With the high cost of medical care and prescriptions, it is good to know that there is assistance for those of us who qualify. This is a compilation of agencies and organizations that welcome your call. First inquire about assistance from local and state agencies: Local
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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 25, 2013

Betadine and Eye Pain

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

Betadine (povidone-iodine 5%) has become the standard of care for cleansing the eye during anti-VEGF injection procedures. Though the incidence of sensitivity to povidone-iodine (PVPI) is infrequent, some patients are reporting severe and prolonged burning of the conjunctiva.1,2,3 Even though the complaints are relatively few, a solution needs to be found to this problem. Keeping
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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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June 21, 2013

New Anti-PDGF Aptamer Now in Trials

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts February 15, 2008 Ophthotech has begun the first phase of a clinical trial of E10030, an anti-platelet derived growth factor aptamer being developed for treating wet AMD. The trial will evaluate the safety and tolerability of E10030 in combination with an antiangiogenic drug. The hope is that the combination will result in
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