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Coping with Macular Degeneration
By Dr. Patricia Gilbert

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Coping with Macular Degeneration
By Dr. Patricia Gilbert
ISIS Large Print, 2006
ISBN 10: 0-7531-5667-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-7531-5667-4
Genre: Eye Health

Reviewed by Sheldon Ztvordokov - January 9, 2007

When most people are diagnosed with age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), many believe that they have just been told they are going blind. The truth, however, is far different. Macular Degeneration rarely causes total blindness, in fact most people with AMD maintain significant useable vision for the rest of their life. While MD may eventually rob its victims of their central vision, it seldom affects its victims peripheral vision. This means that by learning to look around your blind spot and to use your peripheral vision effectively, along with increased lighting and adaptive aids, you can maintain an independent lifestyle and continue to pursue many of the same pursuits as you did before your diagnosis. Many people with advanced AMD are even able to continue driving, legally, using adaptive devices such as bioptic lenses.

In Coping with Macular Degeneration, Dr. Patricia Gilbert offers you hope, and solid information that proves that there is life after AMD! Written in standard English rather than in doctor-speak, this practical, concise guidebook explores a range of topics including how the eyes work, what age-related macular degeneration is, the various forms of MD, the symptoms associated with the disease, and how MD is diagnosed and treated. From this foundation, Dr. Gilbert goes on to discussions of other age-related vision problems and steps that can be taken to adjust to any resultant vision loss. She covers low vision clinics, available vision aids such as magnifiers and CCTVs, and dealing with everyday issues related to quality of life from shopping to reading the newspaper. Throughout she offers useful tips on coping with these issues, how and where to seek assistance, and what you can do to help minimize your chances of developing AMD and steps you can take to slow the progression of the disease should it develop.

The information presented in this book is broken up into easy to manage sections, and each section concludes with a brief summary. In addition, the book concludes with a survey on what the future holds for individuals with AMD from developing treatment options like PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT) to advances being made in the realm of low vision aids and drug research. Coping with Macular Degeneration is an invaluable guidebook that will benefit anyone who is dealing with AMD, or who has a family member with this disease.

Coping with Macular Degeneration can be purchased directly from Ulverscroft, the parent company of ISIS Large Print.

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