padMacular Degeneration The Latest Scientific Discoveries  and Treatments for Preserving Your Sight

by Robert D'Amato and Joan Snyder

If you are among the 13 million Americans who suffer from age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), or if you care for someone who does, this book offers realistic hope and practical advice based on the latest medical research and the wisdom of personal experience. Robert D'Amato, a nationally-known ophthalmologist and pioneer in macular degeneration research, and Joan Snyder, a writer who has ARMD, give you a thorough understanding of:

what ARMD is, how it is diagnosed, and how it progresses questions you need to ask when considering any course of medical treatment guidelines for determining whether an alternative or experimental treatment could be helpful or harmful

Caregivers and loved ones will gain insight into your changing visions needs. And by knowing the facts about macular degeneration, you will make health-care decisions more wisely and confidently. The coping tips-from modifying your computer screen to compensate for vision problems to customizing your home environment and using low-vision tools for increased safety and independence will help you maintain the lifestyle you want while managing the challenges of having ARMD.

-from Walker & Company

Walker & Company, 2000, 169 pages, paperback

With 13 million sufferers in its ranks, age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the number one cause of blindness in the United States. While the elderly are the highest risk candidates, the onset of the disease can begin in one's 50s. D'Amato, an ophthalmologist who specializes in ARMD, teams with Snyder, a sufferer of the disease, to clearly define ARMD and associated treatments. They begin with an overview of how the eye works and the role of the macula in vision, then move on to the warning signs and different forms of the disease. The second half of the book focuses on seeking care and considering options for treatment. Finally, the authors offer tips for living well with low vision and provide sources of support and further information.

--from Science News

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