Low Vision Blog

Macula Risk Test – Genetic Testing for AMD

Posted on: May 18, 2016

The Macular Degeneration Association (MDA) issued an urgent warning in March of 2016 to those who have been diagnosed with intermediate dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The warning advised patients to talk with their eye doctor about commonly prescribed eye vitamins using the Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) formula containing zinc, which upon further […]

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Updated AREDS Vitamin Research Warning

Posted on: May 11, 2016

Some of the most commonly prescribed eye vitamins for macular degeneration are ones that follow the recommendation from the Age Related Eye Disease study (AREDS).  A ten year study conducted by the National Eye Institute which began in September 1990 with the first published results in 2001 concluded that “taking high levels of antioxidants and […]

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Half Again

Posted on: May 04, 2016

My son is on the border of turning thirty one. If I do the math it means that I have not seen his face for over fifteen years. That is almost half of how old he is. I never really put my vision loss in those terms before but it was stunning to consider. People […]

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Honed Skill

Posted on: Apr 27, 2016

I knew I had grown progressively more competitive when every time my e-mail brought news of a graded assignment from one of my two Professors. I want to know how I did and what I could have done differently to get an even better grade. It would be at this point that I might feel […]

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Low Vision App to Identify Objects and Labels

Posted on: Apr 18, 2016

A smartphone or tablet with a camera can be used for many different purposes and using them to “see” for you is one of them. A free app called TapTapSee helps people with low vision, macular degeneration or even blindness to identify objects found in their kitchen, bathroom or out shopping by accessing the device’s […]

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Low Vision App for Money Management

Posted on: Apr 12, 2016

There is no need to wonder what kind of paper bills are in your wallet anymore thanks to the free EyeNote App.  Developed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for the blind or those with low vision, this app identifies denominations of U.S. paper currency from $1 bills to $100 bills.  Download it for […]

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Let’s Get Practical in the Kitchen

Posted on: Mar 21, 2016

Whether you like to cook or not, everyone still needs to eat and drink.  Perhaps you’ve decided you no longer want to serve the Thanksgiving meal, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your favorite pumpkin bread or sweet potato casserole to your family or friend’s house.  There are lots of practical tips and low […]

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Posted on: Mar 14, 2016

It never ceases to amaze me how much education is still needed for everyday life. A few days ago while attending a new study group a woman that I did not know started talking to me. She had been sitting in the back of the class waiting for the study to commence. I arrived early […]

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Let’s Get Practical in the Bathroom

Posted on: Mar 07, 2016

Grooming and personal care becomes more difficult with vision loss.  And yet hair needs to be styled, teeth need to be brushed and faces need to be washed everyday.  I’ve learned several practical tips for the bathroom from Peggy Wolfe the author of Vision Loss: Strategies for Living with Hope and Independence. Magnifying Lighted Mirror […]

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Reality, Dreams and goals

Posted on: Mar 01, 2016

Sometimes it is in the melding of three things that could be opposites that a nice balance is achieved. My new reality is that my vision has gone white blank and even the few things I used to perceive are gone in the snow storm. I can liken it to layers and layers of white […]

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