New Research: The Importance of Supporting the Well-Being of Adults with Sensory Loss and Their Spouses in Rehabilitation

Many websites, including VisionAware, emphasize the importance of emotional support and coping strategies when dealing with adult-onset vision loss and combined vision and hearing loss. Some of these strategies include joining peer support groups; reading books about blindness and vision loss; reading personal stories of people who have adjusted to vision loss; and encouraging family … Continued

Is It Possible to Prevent the Inflammation that Triggers Dry Macular Degeneration? New Research Says Maybe

One of the most significant challenges facing eye and vision researchers is developing an effective treatment for dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although there are now a number of well-regarded FDA-approved drug treatments for wet AMD, the key to effective dry AMD treatment remains elusive, although several potential treatments have emerged in recent years. Current … Continued

From Lighthouse Guild: A New Vision Rehabilitation eLearning Program Specifically for Ophthalmologists

Low vision and blindness affect a substantial portion of the older adult population in the United States. Although new research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine indicates that the annual number of new cases of blindness and low vision among people aged 45 years and older is estimated to double during the next 30 … Continued

Are We Using Accurate Images to Show What It’s Like to Have Macular Degeneration? New Research Says We Can Do Better

New research from University College London has challenged the traditional images that are used to show the visual symptoms associated with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), particularly the image at left from the United States National Eye Institute. The researchers suggest that no one image can describe the condition and that “it may be more … Continued

From the American Academy of Ophthalmology: Eye Doctors Must Learn to Pay Closer Attention to Depression in Their Patients with Vision Loss

At the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 11-14, 2017, Dr. John D. Shepherd, Director of the Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, delivered a powerful lecture on older adults, depression, and vision loss. Dr. Shepherd discussed his own experience … Continued

November Is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month: Learn More About Diabetes and Your Eyes

November is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month, which aims to increase awareness of diabetes and diabetic eye disease and encourage people with diabetes to seek treatment for vision problems related to diabetes. You can learn more about diabetes at What Is Diabetes? and ÂżQuĂ© es la diabetes? at VisionAware. According to Prevent Blindness America, diabetes … Continued

New Research: The Number of New Cases of Low Vision and Blindness in Adults and Older Adults Is Expected to Double During the Next 30 Years

New research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reveals that the annual number of new cases of blindness and low vision among people aged 45 years and older is estimated to double during the next 30 years. Because data about the incidence of blindness and low vision in the United States was formally estimated … Continued

New Research: Two Potential Treatments for Dry Macular Degeneration and Geographic Atrophy

One of the most significant challenges facing eye and vision researchers is developing an effective treatment for dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Although there are a number of well-regarded FDA-approved drug treatments for wet AMD, the key to effective dry AMD treatment continues to be elusive. Current treatments for dry AMD include a number of … Continued

During Eye Injury Prevention Month: Beware of Cosmetic Contact Lenses and Scleral Tattoos

Every year, during Eye Injury Prevention and Halloween Safety Month, I begin to get questions from friends and colleagues about the safety of decorative (also called “cosmetic,” “circle,” “costume,” or “non-prescription”) contact lenses. For the uninitiated, “circle lenses,” which first became popular in Asia about 10 years ago, are contact lenses that give the wearer … Continued

American Foundation for the Blind Invites You to the 21st Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss National Teleseminar: Medicare Coverage of Low Vision Devices

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the 21st Century Agenda on Aging and Vision Loss will host RESOLVED—Medicare Should Pay for Low Vision Devices: Views Through Different Lenses. This 90-minute teleseminar will discuss the pros, cons, and range of concerns about permanent Medicare … Continued