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Macular Degeneration
The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight
By Lylas G. Mogk and Marja Mogk

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Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight
By Lylas G. Mogk M.D., and Marja Mogk
Ballantine Books, (1999)
ISBN: 0-345-42598-7
Genre: Eye Diseases and Disorders

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - May 25, 2001

Lylas G. Mogk is an Ophthalmologist with a unique understanding of Macular Degeneration - her father suffers from the condition. Written with her daughter, Marja Mogk, Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight is an inspiring and informative book that clearly explains what Macular Degeneration (MD) is, how it can be treated, and how a person can adjust to the condition and live a full and vibrant life.

This book covers a variety of topics including a description of what Macular Degeneration is, why it is often called age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), and the differences between the wet and dry forms of the condition. Mogk explains exactly how MD occurs and what structures it affects. She also offers detailed explanations as to the various tests used to detect and monitor MD, and the various treatment options available.

Unlike many medical books, Mogk goes beyond the 'facts'. She discusses the nutritional aspects of MD, and offers advice on foods that you can eat to help slow MD related vision loss. To help you eat an eye healthy diet, this book contains gourmet recipes that use large amounts of 'eye' healthy greens. Recipes included range from 'Spinach Salad with Orange Sesame Vinaigrette' to 'Chicago-Style Spinach and Mushroom Pizza'.

This is a wonderful book. The information that it contains is accurate and up-to-date. It serves not only to educate the reader but it also offers emotional support to both suffers and their families'. The book is spiced with first person accounts that explore how various people have come to terms with the condition. And Mogk pulls no punches. She not only covers the physical manifestation of MD, but she also discusses the psychological implications of the aliment - such as depression, which often accompanies a diagnosis of MD.

Mogk also includes a section on visual rehabilitation that includes a reading workshop. This workshop provides suggestions and exercises that you can do to increase your reading ability, even with MD related vision loss. She discusses the importance of visual rehabilitation as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation program to help individuals adjust to any vision loss. In this vein, she also offers suggestions on what magnifiers to get, and how to use them. In addition, Mogk offers suggestions on how to adapt your home in order to make the most of the vision that you have.

If you, or a family member has MD, this is a must have book. It will help relieve a lot of the anxiety that many people suffer when first diagnosed with this condition. Even those that have been dealing with MD for years will find that this book offers advice and information that they may not have been aware of. In addition, this book will be of interest to almost anyone who suffers from low vision. They will find the visual rehabilitation workshop, and the suggestion on how to adapt your home to your vision loss to be especially useful. Personally, I really liked Mogk suggestions on how to handle common situations in the real world, such as the tips she offers on using public transportation. In short, this book is a comprehensive resource guide on all matters related to Macular Degeneration.

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Although Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight is not, technically, a large print book, it has been printed in a type size that is larger than is normally used in a standard print book.


For those that have access to the Library of Congress' National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), this book is available on tape. Its NLS number is RC 48615. You can find more information about the NLS via there website at:

This book is also available, on tape, from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). Information about the CNIB library can be found at:

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