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Macular Disease: Practical Strategies for Living with Vision Loss Paperback – Large Print, August 1, 2011
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"Verdict: Printed in a large, dark font, this book provides basic, valuable, just-in-time information for those individuals facing vision loss, especially older adults. Highly recommended" Library Journal Express
"Ophthalmologists struggle with trying to assist patients and families as they adapt to untreatable and permanent visual impairment. This superb book should help thousands of patients." Robert C. Ramsay, MD, VitreoRetinal Surgery, PA, Edina, Minnesota
"The book is informative, well-written, and practical. A lot of research, thought, and effort has gone into this book, and the result is excellent." Dorothy J. Horns, MD, Southdale Eye Clinic, Edina, Minnesota
"I was impressed by the practicality and understandability of the book. It was a very worthwhile read and learning experience for me." Eugene O. Gullingsrud, MD, Edina Eye Physicians and Surgeons, PA. Edina, Minnesota
"All of us who deal with low vision patrons were absolutely delighted to see this book come along. I think the book is a fantastic resource." Dodie Frisbie, Outreach Librarian, Niles (Illinios) Public Library District
About the Author
Peggy R. Wolfe developed her expertise about macular disease while living with her own macular degeneration for 11 years. Her history with the disease goes back 50 years when her uncle and later her mother developed macular disease, and she helped them learn to cope. She lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
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This is a real find! I have friends who are living with gradual loss of vision, and this book is the first I've seen that really offers some immediately practical suggestions to improve the quality of their lives. I am going to get a copy for each one. The effect of the whole book is so positive, and that's reinforced by the fact that the author writes from personal knowledge and from her own experience, as well as offering sound medical information. The reference links given in the appendix are also very useful. I had no idea there were so many resources! If you know of anyone with vision loss, get this book for them--it has large type and great illustrations, too.
All of us who suffer from ARMD know from our opthalmologists the medical part of the diagnosis, but this book is essential for the just-plain-living part of degenerating vision. Common sense, practical helps, matter-of-fact approach - I recommend it highly.
This is a brilliant book not to be missed by anyone with low vision and their caregivers.
From the moment I opened this book, I knew I was in good hands. To my delight, I could read it! The size and blackness of the print, the paper quality, the careful spacing of words, lines, and margins--all contribute to its readability for me, a person with low vision. The chapter on improving reading ability intrigued me first, in that it is personally my biggest challenge at present. It was so helpful that I decided to read the book from cover to cover.
Helpful hints for daily living about everything from cooking to personal grooming to aid in writing a check abound on each page. While the chapter entitled "Making Driving Decisions" would have been even more helpful while I was still able to drive, the suggestions for what to do after "giving up the keys" stimulated me. In each chapter the paragraph called "My Story" gives a personal sense. Particularly touching is the story about situations surrounding the death of the author's husband, entitled "One Day Too Late."
Even though my vision deterioration results from a rare condition affecting the macula, pathological myopia, rather than the more common macular degeneration, the strategies for dealing with vision challenges definitely apply to me. Now the book has become a reference manual for me, aided by the excellent index and appendix. Finally, the book encourages me to become a creative problem solver as I meet new challenges.
Also, the size of the print was satisfactory and she could read it comfortably.
The print is very legible with simple illustrations to assist in understanding how to cope with the central vision loss. The list of references in the back of book are helpful in identifying resources both locally and more broadly.
The author also speaks to the emotional aspects of facing vision loss but with a positive attitude that an independent life style can be maintained with necessary adaptations. Prepare now for what may come later. As someone in the early stages of wet ARMD I found this helpful tool and I've recommended to several friends who share this diagnosis.I've also suggested my ophthalmologist may want to put this on a recommended list for other patients with the diagnosis.
and easy to read. I not only purchased it for myself but for a friend with AMD as well.
I refer to it often when another problem arises with my disease.
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Wish now I had known of this book when I was first diagnosed. It was written so patients have a good idea of what to expect. It's not all about Drusen. :-))Published 1 month ago by Yvonne
Same information you can get from your doctor, optometrist, ophthalmologist, AARP, etc. Did not find any new ideas to help someone having problems with eyesight. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Camliowa
Nice big print. A very practical and up-to-date publication with lots of tips on how to cope with AMD. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
Bought it for a friend. Lots of practical living ideas for her to learn. She loved it!Published 17 months ago by gramma40