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Aid for macular degeneration

Mom needs help

     
9:28 pm on Mar 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone offer some guidance or resources for where to look for assistance, tools, aides, etc.?
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Here is a google search for you to try. This is supposed to be excellent.

bilberry root and macular degeneration

I read once where they gave this to pilots that flew during the night as it also helps people that have night vision problems.

I have it, but don't take it and should. Specifically purchased it after I read the benifits of how it is supposed to be good for the eyes.

Hope this helps you out a bit.

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Search Pubmed for studies on macular degeneration and keywords like zinc, diet, cysteine, phytochemicals, lycopene, vitamins and related terms.

[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...]

There are quite a few promising studies involving diet or supplements.

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My step-dad has been suffering from macular degeneration for about four years now... in both eyes. He's down to about 10-15% in each eye.

If you've got any tips I'd LOVE to hear them because I don't have any suggestions to offer... all the doctors and specialists have said there's nothing that can help once the damage has been done. The vitamins and supplements are great at helping prevent, just not afterward. Figures, eh?

He gets along with his magnifying glass. He just takes it all slow. My mom reads the paper to him. He listens to the TV. Computer is a no-go for him though.

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I wonder if a screen-reader would work for the computer. The blind use them.
4:03 am on Mar 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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One problem that can come with vision loss, especially with the elderly, is safety. Falls and broken bones can be bad for anyone; more than 50% of the elderly who break a hip will die within the year.

A serious scan of the environment for safety issues is needed when vision loss begins. Throw rugs, threshholds that are not flush with the floor (e.g., the transition area from a wood floor room to a carpeted one), end tables that are in the traffic pattern ... all of these things can prove hazardous.

Take a look at lighting - too much lighting on bright/reflective surfaces can produce glares that make things harder to see; too little lighting increases the hazard of tripping/falling/injury.

Also think placement of things that are used frequently. For example, if the telephone is in an out-of-the-way place or on the other side of an obstacle, move it so that it is convenient or buy extra extensions/handsets. Make sure that all of the frequently traveled paths (especially to the bathroom) are free and clear of obstacles.

 

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