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Vision Rehabilitation is Part of AMD Care

The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco, CA 94115-1813, USA
Received: 20 December 2017 / Revised: 15 January 2018 / Accepted: 22 January 2018 / Published: 25 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Age-Related Macular Degeneration)
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Abstract

AMD does not just affect the retina. It severely affects people’s lives. Paying attention to this aspect will only become more important as the population ages and more otherwise healthy individuals become affected. This paper will discuss the need for teamwork to overcome the difference between medical care, which addresses the causes of AMD, and rehabilitative care, which addresses the consequences. Different aspects and different degrees of vision loss ask for different interventions. Loss of detailed vision can be addressed by a wide variety of magnification devices. The means to address this aspect are well recognized. Surround vision is largely processed pre-attentively. Its loss cannot be remediated by devices, but must be addressed through patient education to bring previously subconscious reactions to conscious awareness. Loss of contrast vision is an aspect that is not sufficiently studied. It is important for early detection, and for the safety of the patient. When the eye condition cannot be modified, environmental modifications provide the most effective remediation. View Full-Text
Keywords: vision rehabilitation; low vision; AMD; age-related macular degeneration; detail vision; visual acuity; surround vision; visual field; contrast vision vision rehabilitation; low vision; AMD; age-related macular degeneration; detail vision; visual acuity; surround vision; visual field; contrast vision
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Colenbrander, A. Vision Rehabilitation is Part of AMD Care. Vision 2018, 2, 4.

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