AMD patients should see low vision, medical eye doctors

by: Richard J. Shuldiner, OD, FAAO, FIALVS
“It is no longer acceptable for a doctor to say to an AMD patient: ‘Nothing more can be done,’” Richard J. Shuldiner, OD, FAAO, FIALVS, International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) president, told Primary Care Optometry News.
“The doctors of IALVS want to encourage macular degeneration patients to enlist the aid of two different eye specialists,” he added.

 A January IALVS press release was a reminder for the public, “that macular degeneration is not just an eye disease, but a vision loss condition that robs people of their happiness and independence,” Shuldiner said.

“Until a breakthrough to eliminate this degenerative disease that robs its victims of their sharp, central vision appears, it’s a relief to see steady progress being made to keep patients functional, safe and independent,” according to the press release.
An estimated 3 million Americans will be diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration by 2020, but it is no longer as life-altering as it once was, the release said.
For optimum care, however, most patients need to know to seek help. In addition to a retinal specialist to provide expert medical treatment and monitoring of AMD, patients should see a low vision optometrist, according to the release.
Shuldiner said that low vision optometrists can help by designing special low vision glasses to help people live their lives.
In addition, the low vision optometrists of IALVS further help patients make the most of their remaining vision by providing nutritional guidance and recommendations for improved lighting. They also continue to pioneer the field by conducting trials of new devices and glasses, according to the release…..
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Source: Healio