Eye Conditions

Macular Hole

Posted on: Aug 24, 2020

Leslie, I have a macular hole, my friend Laura tells me over the phone after being seen at an urgent appointment with a retina specialist. Laura could usually see and read without the need for her reading glasses, but when her vision started becoming blurrier, she noticed that her glasses didn’t seem that helpful despite […]

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Usher Syndrome – Deaf-Blind and Thriving

Posted on: Aug 04, 2020

Though it is considered a rare genetic disorder, Usher Syndrome is the main cause of deaf-blindness and the most common condition that affects both vision and hearing. Usher Syndrome is a loss of hearing and an eye condition known as Retinitis Pigmentosa. Usher Syndrome is categorized into three types: Usher type I: People with Usher […]

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5 Reading Tips For Those With Macular Degeneration

Posted on: Jul 08, 2019

One of the most common symptoms for those with macular degeneration (AMD) is the loss of clear vision making it difficult to read.  For those with a more advanced stage of AMD, there may be a smudge or a black spot right in the middle of one’s vision which interferes even more.  While handheld magnifiers […]

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A bit of hope

Posted on: Feb 06, 2019

This story begins with a fall down a flight of stairs but ends with a bit of hope. A few months back as my family gathered for a little reunion, my aunt had gone upstairs to grab a coat for one of the little kids. Minutes later she came down the dimly lit stairwell the […]

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Ten Magnifying Tips for those with Macular Degeneration

Posted on: Oct 31, 2018

Macular degeneration is the loss of central vision – it is not blindness but rather low vision. Low vision means that a person’s vision cannot be corrected by prescription glasses or through any medical or surgical intervention. Magnifiers for macular degeneration are meant to make the most of one’s usable vision. Often people want to […]

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How Fast Does AMD Progress?

Posted on: Aug 25, 2017

“I just found out that I have dry age related macular degeneration (AMD). My left eye has some blurring in it and I was told to get vitamins and to eat my green veggies. I’m freaking out and worried that I’m going to lose my eyesight. I’m 61 years old. How fast does this retinal […]

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Cataracts, Clouding and Clumping Proteins

Posted on: Jun 28, 2017

Is it true that with age everyone will develop cataracts?  According to Robert Abel, Jr., MD, ophthalmologist and author of The Eye Care Revolution, that statement is a myth.  In fact, he writes,” It is possible to prevent, stabilize and even reverse cataracts through nutrition and supplementation.”   What are Cataracts? Many people compare how […]

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Photothermal Therapy Study for Dry AMD

Posted on: Apr 20, 2017

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL is collaborating with Stanford University in California to determine if a photothermal laser that is non-damaging to the macula versus a sham laser therapy will benefit patients with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD)  who have high-risk drusen.  The goal of the study is to see if treating macular […]

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Lipofuscin Accumulation in Dry AMD

Posted on: Mar 27, 2017

“An important pathological characteristic of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the accumulation of lipofuscin in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Lipofuscin may interfere with normal RPE cellular function and result in RPE death with associated loss of overlying photoreceptors.” according to the authors of The Role of Vitamin A in the Progression of Dry AMD.  […]

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Dark Adaptation and Macular Degeneration

Posted on: Dec 01, 2016

One’s ability to adapt to different lighting situations is affected in those who have macular degeneration (AMD) making it more difficult to adjust to new lighting environments.  Diminished light adaptation in changing light levels when transitioning for example from outside to inside is slower and a common symptom in those with this retinal condition. But […]

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