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Living with AMD Print E-mail
Share Share Millions of people have macular degeneration and millions of them continue to do everything they always did. AMD does not cause blindness; there is always sight available. The peripheral vision you retain can be used very effectively. Reading becomes difficult, but there are solutions for every problem.

In this part of the website, we’ll share information about how to live with AMD and the low vision that comes with it. There are some practical tips and also information to help you deal with the emotional issues that may come up.

Take these two first steps now -

  • Learn all you can about AMD. This website can help. To get more information from your doctor, you may want to print out the “Things to Ask Your Doctor” list.
  • Control your risk factors and make changes to your lifestyle. Things you do every day may help to slow AMD. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to review “Good Habits” and “Bad Habits”.

Practical Tips:

Driving and Age Print E-mail

Share Share This issue is a particularly sensitive one for seniors who also have macular degeneration or other conditions that impair their vision. Driving means independence and most people want to hold on to their cars as long as possible. When is it time to stop?

Telescopic Glasses Print E-mail
Share Share Have you ever looked through a pair of binoculars or opera glasses and realized that things were much clearer?  Binoculars and telescopes magnify the images to allow people to see more clearly.  For many years, surgeons and dentists have used telescopic glasses to allow them to see details more easily. 
Can Diet and Vitamins Help? Print E-mail
Share Share You've been hearing a lot about vitamins to "reverse" macular degeneration or a diet that can prevent it. 
Better Lighting
Share Share Good lighting can make a big difference, especially if you are performing a task like reading or paying bills. It also creates a safer environment and helps to prevent accidents. As you age, the amount of light entering the eye is reduced, causing a reduction in vision, contrast and color. The type of lighting and its intensity, color and direction all affect an individual's visual performance.
Improving the Appearance of Your Computer Print E-mail
Share Share by Bill Takeshita, OD
Computers can be one of the most valuable tools for people with low vision to perform their work, shop, bank, and communicate with their friends.  Microsoft Windows XP and Macintosh OSX are the most popular software programs that allow computers to work efficiently.  This guide is designed to help those with vision problems use their computers more efficiently.  For VISTA computers, click here.
Improving the Appearance of Your VISTA Computer Print E-mail

Share Share By Bill Takeshita, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D. and Brett Nagatani,O.D.

Windows Vista is the latest operating system made by Microsoft. Vista is a program that is required for the computer to run programs, connect to your printers, scanners, and other hardware. Most computers sold today come with Windows Vista as the operating system. Windows Vista is more secure than Windows XP and has a beautiful look. However, for many people with low vision, the new look may be more difficult to read. Fortunately, Vista is able to be modified for people with low vision.
Low Vision Rehabilitation Print E-mail
Share Share If your vision interferes with the ability to perform everyday activities, even with standard glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery, then you have Low Vision.
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