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#49 Blind Parents -

One of my readers sent me an article from the June 2019 magazine Parents. The name of the article — What Blind Parents Want You to See. The article doesn’t address macular degeneration, but it does cover issues that all blind and low vision folks can relate to. They are so important, I wanted to […]

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#48 Audio Description at the Movies -

Millie’s low vision support group took exciting field trips. When they visited the art museum, a volunteer described the exhibits. Some museums have audio description headsets. In the photo, that’s Millie on the left. Someone from the museum was describing the wall hanging. This kind of one-on-one help is terrific because those with low vision […]

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#47 3 Inspiring Blind People -

Can you imagine? Being blind and surfing? Being blind and painting? Being blind and competing in the Olympics? What’s the most amazing thing you ever heard a blind person was able to do? Millie  (my mom) was an inspiration to me. She didn’t surf, paint, or compete in the Olympics, but she amazed me simply […]

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#46 Drug Update -

Lucentis, Eylea, and Avastin protect or improve vision for many patients. Very often they need to be injected every 4 – 8 weeks. New drugs and methods of delivery are being tested and studied.   Here’s a website link for more information from the Bright Focus Foundation. “Recent results from a phase III clinical trial […]

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#45 Do You Volunteer? -

2,076,847 VOLUNTEERS 122,603 BLIND & LOW-VISION 150+ COUNTRIES 180+ LANGUAGES Be My Eyes has over two million volunteers, so no need to be afraid of too many phone calls. This app is available in over 150 countries and in 180 languages. Your phone won’t ring in the middle of the night. The calls for help […]

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#44 5 Pinterest Pins -

Have you tried Pinterest? Pinterest is a place to share information with others. If you want to save the information, you put “pins” on a board. For example, many have a board for recipes they found and want to keep for future reference. I save pins on a board I call low vision. I want […]

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# 43 – Four Reference Books -

I Googled the words “books about macular degeneration” and discovered some books I hadn’t heard about, plus newer editions of books I had read. Since I haven’t read all four of these books, I used the reviews to help me decide which books to include in this blog. Some readers found a book helpful while […]

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#42 Trust Instead of Worry -

When you have macular degeneration, a big reason for depression is fear of the future. If my vision continues to deteriorate will I have to make different living arrangements? Will my dry macular degeneration progress to wet? Will macular degeneration develop in my good eye? What happens if I must stop driving? Will I go […]

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#41 Depression -

Depression often starts when the eye doctor says, “You have macular degeneration. We can’t cure it.” You might have missed the words the doctor said after that. “There are ways to adapt to it, to live with it, to do what you want to do. It means doing things differently.” Doing things differently often means […]

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#40 eSight 3 -

Here’s another way someone might cope with macular degeneration. Like the two previous blogs, eSight 3 is about another pair of special glasses. With a power button on a remote control, the user turns these special glasses on. Then, like a normal pair of glasses, you put the eSight glasses on. With the zoom button, […]

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