Helping people with vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration

by Erin Howe
(Medical Xpress)—Losing the ability to read is one of the biggest complaints among people suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) – a disease that causes a distorted or blind spot in the centre of a person’s field of vision.

So researchers at the University of Toronto are finding new ways to help people use healthy parts of their eyes to let them keep reading.

“We’re taking patients who have AMD and helping them use their remaining vision,” said Martin Steinbach, a professor in U of T’s Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences and a senior scientist in the Division of Visual Science at Toronto Western Research Institute.
AMD is one of the most common causes of vision loss after age 60. People with a family history, high blood pressure, heart disease, blue eyes and who smoke are at greatest risk of developing the disease.
Steinbach’s lab is helping people with central vision loss to look just above or below what they’re reading so the images can be picked up by a working part of the retina. The process begins with an exam to identify the part of a person’s remaining retina with the greatest potential for retraining…..
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