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Keep up-to-date on the latest vision-related news and eye care events in our Practice.

World Braille Day 2019

Each year during the month of January we recognize World Braille Day which gives us the opportunity to take a moment and appreciate the incredible gift that Braille has given to those who are blind or suffer from vision loss.  What is Braille? Braille is a tactile representation of letters...

Another Reason To Eat More Fish: Lower Risk of Macular Degeneration for Women

You may want salmon, mackerel, herring or tuna on your menu at least once a week if you want to reduce your risk for age-related macular degneration (AMD). Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School followed up on 38,022 women during the 10 years after data had...

National Low Vision Awareness Month – What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

As you are reading this, you have probably taken for granted the ease with which you are reading. For those afflicted with “low vision” reading their computer screen is a difficult task, even after enlarging the text. According to IALVS, Low vision is defined as visual impairment that is not...

Macular Degeneration Can Affect Anyone

From People Magazine March 7, 2015 - She has been a big star for decades and is accustomed to being the main female lead in movies. But sometimes Dame Judi Dench, 80, has much bigger scripts than her costars for another reason – her eyesight. Dench, who revealed in 2012 that she...

April is Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month

The Optometrists at International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) are dedicated to helping patients achieve and maintain good eye health. – especially during sports and outdoor recreation. Tens of thousands of sports and recreation-related eye injuries occur each year. The good news is that 90 percent of serious eye...

Helping a Loved One With Vision Loss

People who have vision loss commonly experience depression, anxiety, and confusion. The consequences of vision loss however, often extend beyond the person who has low vision. The family members, friends, and caregivers of people experiencing vision loss also are affected. When a loved one becomes visually impaired, you are likely...

What Factors Affect Road Test Results in Bioptic Drivers?

Article Abstract originally published on: medicalxpress.com Bioptic telescopic devices attached to a pair of the glasses may permit driving with a special license by some people with decreased central vision but adequate peripheral vision. When they need to see more distant objects, drivers can tilt the head downward to obtain...

Is Macular Degeneration Hereditary?

A patient called in to an IALVS doctor’s office concerned their mother lost vision from Macular Degeneration before she died and now that the patient was age 65, she was concerned she may get it. There is an increased risk if a parent or sibling has the disease by three to...

Side Vision Awareness Glasses Help Those With Loss of Visual Field Due to Brain Injury

Hemianopsia and Neglect Patients who have had a stroke or traumatic brain injury, may lose one half of their side vision to the right or left. This type of side vision loss is called" Hemianopsia" (hemi field loss). Patients who just have a hemianopsia are aware of the side vision...

New Survey: Less than Half of United States Adults with Diabetes Understand Their Risk for Vision Loss

A new survey released this month by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. reveals that less than half of recently surveyed United States adults with diabetes recognize their risk for vision loss. Regeneron is a science-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions....

Exercise for People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision

People with low vision can be active in many ways! Before you start an exercise routine, however, talk with your medical doctor and your eye doctor, since bending, lifting, or rapid movement can affect some medical and eye conditions. Sometimes the rules are modified, sometimes adaptive techniques are used, and...

Peripheral Vision Loss (Tunnel Vision)

Does your lack of side vision leave you missing out?Afraid of accidents or walking into people?Concerned about your safety? There is help…Peripheral vision problems mean that you don't have a normal, wide-angle field of vision, even though your central vision may be fine. Moderate and severe cases of peripheral vision...

Lower Risk of Macular Degeneration

You may want salmon, mackerel, herring or tuna on your menu at least once a week if you want to reduce your risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School followed up on 38,022 women during the 10 years after data had...

Helping with Vision Loss

People who have vision loss commonly experience depression, anxiety, and confusion. The consequences of vision loss however, often extend beyond the person who has low vision. The family members, friends, and caregivers of people experiencing vision loss also are affected. When a loved one becomes visually impaired, you are likely...

Are you at an increased risk for macular degeneration?

A patient called in to an IALVS doctor’s office concerned their mother lost vision from Macular Degeneration before she died and now that the patient was age 65, she was concerned she may get it. There is an increased risk if a parent or sibling has the disease by three to...

Can Changing your Diet Promote Eye Health?

Adding certain nutrients to your daily diet—either through foods or supplements—can help preserve your vision. Researchers have linked eye-friendly nutrients, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc, to reducing the risk of certain eye diseases. If you are living with Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma or another form...

How Does a Stroke Decrease Vision?

Strokes can affect vision in a number of ways, including decreased vision and double vision: • Decreased vision is caused by damage to the fibers that transmit visual information from the eyes to the brain. This can occur in a variety of locations, since the nerve fibers that transmit vision have...

Tips to Maintaining Eye Health

Maintaining good overall health is just as important as maintaining good eye health. Here are a few quick tips to implement into your daily lifestyle and improve your overall and eye health for the benefit of your future. Don’t take your eyes for granted. 1. Eat Well Good eye health starts...

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Our Low Vision doctors fit their patients with custom vision aids and devices, allowing them to maximize the use of their remaining vision.

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