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Diet and Nutrition


“Aging, Inflammation, and Antioxidants”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Dec 2012)
(Flash format/Time=33:22)
Ellen Troyer, MT MA (CEO and Chief Research Officer, Biosyntrx Nutraceuticals) presents new research about how the aging process can be slowed in seniors through diet and nutrition.


“Body Weight and Eye Disease”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Dec 2008)
(Flash format/Time=50:27)
Ellen Troyer, MT MA, provides latest information about obesity as a risk factor for AMD, including helpful advice on maintaining a proper diet.


“Feeding the Soul–Ladder to the Moon”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Nov 2015)
(MP4 format/Time=18:00)
Nutrition expert Ellen Troyer MT MA offers an inspirational talk about how involvement in the humanities can benefit both the spirit and general body health.


“Holiday Nutrition Magic”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Dec 2011)
(Flash format)
Ellen Troyer, MT MA and Sandra Young, OD bring new information about nutrition, plus some tasty, eye healthy recipes for the holidays.


“Nutrition for Healthy Eyes”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Dec 2006)
(Flash format/Time=40:00)
A presentation by Ellen Troyer, MT MA


“Nutrition: Separating Fact From Fiction”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Dec 2009)
(Flash format/Time=54:52)
A presentation by Ellen Troyer, MT MA


“Super Foods for 2011”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Dec 2010)
(Flash format)
Ellen Troyer, MT MA answers the questions, “Why do we care about super foods? What are they, and what can they do for the eyes?”


“Preventing Type 2 Diabetes”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jun 2008)
(Flash format/Time=1 hr)
Susan Mills-Gray (University of Missouri Extension) offers valuable information and advice on preventing potential vision loss secondary to Type 2 diabetes.


“Smart Medicine For Your Eyes”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Sep 2011)
(Flash format/Time=47:51)
A complete and comprehensive summary by Jeffrey Anshel, OD, FAAO (President, Ocular Nutrition Society) of all current information on the subject of nutrition for the eyes and for good health in general.


“Three Pillars of Health”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Nov 2014)
(Flash format/Time=21:00)
Ellen Troyer, MT MA (CEO and Chief Research Officer, Biosyntrx Nutraceuticals) discusses the importance of dietary intake, supplements, and exercise to general health and vision.


“What You See Is What You Eat”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Sep 2008)
(Flash format/Time=56:00)
A comprehensive discussion of nutrition and AMD presented by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D., Director, Visual Rehabilitation & Research Cetner, Henry Ford Health System, Michigan.

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Low Vision Devices and Technology


“25 Ways To See”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Sept 2014)
(Flash format/Time=25:00)
An overview by Dan Roberts of current low vision devices and technology.


“Assistive Technology in the Middle Lane”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Apr 2017)
(Flash format/Time=18:53)
Dan Roberts presents a comprehensive discussion of the many helpful low-tech products requiring no computers or smart phones. Phone numbers for dealers are included. Transcript available here.


“Focus on Lighting”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Feb 2007)
(Flash format/Time=54:00)
Information about task and ambient lighting in the home presented by Charles Schwartz, M.S., low vision product specialist.


“Facing Technophobia”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jul 2010)
(Flash format/Time=39:22)
Dorrie Rush (Lighthouse International) offers advice on how to ease fear of new low vision technology.


“Learning Nonvisual Skills–Part One: Using a Cane”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Mar 2009)
(Flash format/Time=51:00)
The first is a series of presentations on using sight substitution techniques and devices. This session by Robert W. Massof, Ph.D., introduces the reasons for, and benefits of, cane use by the visually impaired.


“New Technology for People With Low Vision”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Apr 2008)
(Flash format/Time=59:00)
An update by Ike Presley (American Foundation for the Blind) on current devices and software.


“Riding the Wave of Evolving Technology”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Apr 2014)
(Flash format/Time=20:00)
New technology combined with blindness skills can replace eyesight in up to 99% of normal daily living activities. Featuring “Sarah’s Day” in her own words.


“Senior EZ Livin'”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Feb 2008)
(Flash format/Time=70:00)
A presentation by Charles Schwartz, low vision product support specialist, on “tricks and tips” for easier living, with focus on available assistive devices.


“You Don’t Need a Computer to See–Video and Adaptive Technology for the Low Vision Patient”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Aug 2009)
(Flash format/Time=55:00)
Michael Fischer, O.D. describes assistive devices available for low vision people who do not have computer access.

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Low Vision Rehabilitation


“A Look at the Future: Low Vision Rehabilitation”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Oct 2009)
(Flash format/Time=45:13)
Gislin Dagnelie, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University) predicts future development of vision measurement techniques, low vision devices, and retinal prostheses.


“Can Low Vision Rehabilitation Help?”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Oct 2012)
(Flash format/Time=30:04)
Author and Low Vision Specialist Leslie Burkhardt, MSLVT, discusses how low vision rehabilitation educates about vision loss, and how it helps maximize remaining eyesight. Ms Burkhardt’s free “Visual Skills Workbook” is available in the MD Support Publications Library.


“Crossing the Line From Visual to Nonvisual Skills”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Feb 2011)
(Flash format/Time=51:28)
An interview with O&M Instructor Maurice Peret about making the transition from visual to nonvisual approaches to activities of daily living.


“Head, Heart, and Eyes”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jan 2011)
(Flash format/Time=58:27)
R. Tracy Williams, OD, FAAO, and Leah Gerlach, M.S., C.R.C. (Spectrios Institute for Low Vision, Wheaton, IL) discuss their highly successful approach to low vision rehabilitation of the total person.


“Learning to Live with Low Vision: A Journey Through Rehabilitation”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jun 2006)
(Flash format/Time=35:00)
Follow one patient through every step of training, from evaluation through home visitation. Presented by Dan Roberts, MD Support Director, with professional actor Richard C. Brown.


“Limited Vision…Unlimited Potential”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Nov 2012)
(Flash format/Time=28:00)
Tracy Williams, O.D., F.A.A.O. and Gregg Pusateri, O.D., M.Div. (Spectrios Institute, Wheaton IL) answer questions posed by ILVSG Director Dan Roberts about the importance of low vision rehabilitation to a person’s psychological and spiritual well-being.


“The Latest in Low Vision Rehabilitation”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jan 2010)
(Flash format/Time=49:37)
Bruce Rosenthal, O.D. (Lighthouse International), reveals what’s new in the field of low vision rehabilitation.


“What Is Low Vision Rehabilitation?”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Aug 2007)
(Flash format/Time=48:48)
A thorough overview of one of the most important steps in the continuum of care following diagnosis of visual impairment. Presented by Orli Weisser-Pike, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV, a leader in the field of low vision rehabilitation.

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Motivational Talks


“Adventures in Darkness”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Nov 2008)
(Flash format/Time=57:21)
A highly inspirational hour with Tom Sullivan (actor, singer, entertainer, author, producer)


“AMD Public Service Announcement” (On YouTube)

Time=2 min 30 sec
A mother tells her young daughter about Grandma’s visual impairment. An inspirational message for people affected by AMD and other sight-robbing diseases.


“Crashing Through–Making the Most of Life in the Face of Adversity”

International Low Vision Support Group session (May 2009)
(Flash format/Time=43:59)
Michael May, the subject of the book, “Crashing Through,” regained vision after 43 years of total blindness. He discusses his philosophy of life and describes how his company’s global positioning system is helping blind people get around.


“Crashing Through–Making the Most of Life in the Face of Adversity”

International Low Vision Support Group session (May 2009)
(Flash format/Time=43:59)
Michael May, the subject of the book, “Crashing Through,” regained vision after 43 years of total blindness. He discusses his philosophy of life and describes how his company’s global positioning system is helping blind people get around.


“Don’t Wait For Luck”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Oct 2017)
(mp4 format/Time=26:29)
Motivational speaker Paul Appleyard tells his inspirational story about how he became a World Champion Blind Golfer.


“Hidden Thoughts of the Visually Impaired”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Feb 2017)
(mp4 format/Time=15:28)
Dan Roberts sheds light on 30 private comments commonly heard from people affected by blindness and low vision. This short presentation is most effective when followed by group discussion. Transcript available here.


“Maintaining Your Quality of Life”

International Low Vision Support Group session (May 2008)
(Flash format/Time=47:00)
A presentation by Michael Epp (Envision Rehabilitation Center, Wichita, Kansas)


“Reclaiming Independence: Staying in the Driver’s Seat When You No Longer Drive”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jan 2009)
(Flash format/Time=56:30)
A presentation by L. Penny Rosenblum, Ph.D. (University of Arizona)


“Seeing Lessons”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Nov 2010)
(Flash format/Time=57:20)
Conversation between Dan Roberts (MD Support Director) and Tom Sullivan (blind entertainer, author, actor and athlete) with audio clips of stories and songs from his one-man show.


“Spirituality Can Help”

International Low Vision Support Group session (May 2011)
(Flash format/Time=38:47)
Presenter Colleen O’Donnell is a leading certified low vision therapist who advocates nurturing the spiritual side as a strong source of support for many people.


“Straight Talk About Copability”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Sep 2006)
(Flash format/Time=31:00)
A presentation by Mary Jay Clough, ACSW, and Roy Cole, O.D. from the Jewish Guild for the Blind in New York City.


“The Monster Behind The Door”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Feb 2014)
(Flash format/Time=22:00)
Dan Roberts (Director, MD Support) discusses how conquering our fear of the unknown can open doors of opportunity.


“What’s Your Story?”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jul 2011)
(Flash format/Time=30:20)
Featuring the portraits of Adam Hahn. Interviews with low vision individuals provided by AMD Alliance International.


“Who Am I and What Am I Doing Here?”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Oct 2008)
(Flash format/Time=55:41)
A chat with Dan Roberts (MD Support Director) about the patient’s role in the continuum of care.


“With The Heart One Sees Rightly”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Nov 2006)
(Flash format/Time=40:00)
A discussion with Lylas G. Mogk, M.D. and Marja Mogk, Ph.D., authors of Macular Degeneration:The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight.

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Practical Living


“Aging Successfully with Vision Loss: Creative Pursuits and Leisure Activities”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Mar 2008)
(Flash format/Time=59:00)
A presentation by Colleen O’Donnell, MSA, OTR, CLVT and Mary Ellen Daniel, MSA, OTR, CLVT (Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit MI)


“All About Glasses”

International Low Vision Support Group session (April 2015)
(Movie Format/Time=23:00)
Dan Roberts (MD Support Director) explains prescription numbers, types of eyeglasses, how visual acuity is measured, and how to choose the right sunglasses. Four different eye tests are provided for self-monitoring between exams. Download Eye Tests


“Artificial Lighting and the Blue Light Hazard”

Time=30:00
What is light? What are the different types of lamps? How can full spectrum lighting hurt the retina? This highly-in formative presentation includes results from a survey of the full spectrum lighting market and a comparison of five sample lamps. Content was based upon the research paper, “Artificial Lighting and the Blue Light Hazard” (published 2005 and updated 2011)


“Blocking the Blue”

(Flash format/Time=18:51)
Could blue light exposure during routine dilated eye exams be causing or contributing to the development of AMD? Patricia Hawse presents her theory.


“The Challenges of Multiple Age-Related Disabilities”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jan 2008)
(Flash format/Time=55:00)
Mary Warren, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA (Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham) discusses the challenges faced by the aging senior adult. The focus is particularly on memory and cognition, issues that are closely related to living with vision loss.


“Cooking Without Looking”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Nov 2008)
(Flash format/Time=36:45)
Helpful hints for cooking with low vision, including a demonstration recipe, presented by Renee Rentmeester, producer, and Sabrina Deaton, host of the “Cooking Without Looking” PBS TV show.


“Helping Others Understand”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Mar 2012)
(Flash format/Time=14:00)
Suggestions of ways to increase understanding of visual impairment by family members, friends, and care givers. Free companion booklet, “Caring for the Visually Impaired”, available here.


“Keeping Fit: Fall Prevention and Exercise for Older Adults With Vision Loss”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Aug 2011)
(Flash format/Time=40:00)
Low vision rehabilitation therapist Anne Riddering discusses ways to avoid falling and how senior adults with low vision can improve their health through simple and effective exercise. This is important information that patients and caregivers alike should have.


“Memory as a Substitute for Vision: The Aging Brain”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jul 2009)
(Flash format/Time=40:00)
A presentation by Colleen O’Donnell, MSA, OTR, CLVT (Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Michigan)


“Self-Monitoring Your Vision”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Feb 2012)
(Flash format/Time=25:00)
Discussion of the importance of self-monitoring between exams, including descriptions of home tests available. Presenters: Dan Roberts (Director, MD Support) and Mark Roser (KeepSight Testing & Monitoring Solutions)


“Setting Up A Computer For Users With Low Vision”

(Flash format/Time=65:39)
A presentation by Azhar Karim emphasizing that legally blind people can make a computer accessible without purchasing extra software. Recommended for low vision Windows users who are already familiar with basic computer operation. (2010)


“Successful Self-Management”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Oct 2007)
(Flash format/Time=35:46)
Presentation by Lynne Noon, O.D. on how to manage your own continuum of care and be an effective partner in your treatment and rehabilitation.


“The T.A.S.K. of Living With Central Vision Loss”

International Low Vision Support Group session (May 2006)
(Flash format/Time=21 :00)
Presentation by Dan Roberts, MD Support Director, about four effective strategies for living successfully with visual impairment: Tenacity, Adaptability, Support, and Knowledge.


“Travel Without Trouble (In Spite of Low Vision)”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jul 2008)
(Flash format/Time=28:00)
Important tips from Dan Roberts, MD Support Director, about how to travel with safety and confidence.


“Twenty Things Eye Doctors Probably Don’t Tell You (But Would Like You To Know)”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jul 2014)
(Flash format/Time=18:00)
A revealing peek into the minds of the professionals who care for us.


“Navigating Everyday Tasks With Less Stress”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Apr 2010)
(Flash format/Time=48:30)
A presentation by low vision rehabilitation therapist Anita Arakawa, M.A. (West Los Angeles V.A. Medical Center)


“Understanding Drug Side Effects and Adverse Events”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jul 2013)
(Flash format/Time=27:00)
MD Support Director Dan Roberts explains what patients should and should not be concerned about when undergoing drug treatment.


“What’s So Scary About Blind People?”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Nov 2017)
(mp3 audio format/Time=20:00)
Dan Roberts discusses blindness issues, including a reading of an opinion essay, “Why Do We Fear the Blind?”, by author Rosemary Mahoney. Dan concludes with suggestions for how visually impaired individuals can help others feel more comfortable in their company.

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Research and Treatment


“The ABCs of Macular Degeneration”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Mar 2006)
(Flash format/Time=15:30)
Answers to the initial questions asked by a newly-diagnosed patient: 1) What is macular degeneration? 2) What are they doing about it? 3) What can I do to maintain my quality of life? This presentation includes material from the article, “What Is Macular Degeneration?”.


“Alternative Medicine”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jul 2007)
(Flash format/Time=50:20)
Discussion of the pros and cons of therapies outside the medical mainstream, to include acupuncture, chelation therapy, RHEO procedure, homeopathy, microcurrent stimulation, ECHO therapy, biocurrent therapy and the Santa Fe Protocol.


“Blinder Than I”

Time=27:00
A short play about empathy and understanding written by Dan Roberts and presented by children from the Academy of Performing Arts in Grandview, Missouri. A discussion of the main points of the play is included in the presentation. Read the play and discussion script.


“Diabetes and Vision Loss”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Oct 2010)
(Flash format/Time=43:14)
Roy Cole, O.D., and Karen McCauley, R.N., discuss the types and treatment of diabetes, plus its potential effects on vision.


“Hallucinations and Low Vision–Understanding Charles Bonnet Syndrome”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Oct 2011)
(Flash format/Time=26:14)
Liz Trauernicht (MD Foundation) presents Oliver Sacks, MD, and Marjorie Louer, retired educator, discussing the causes and effects of Charles Bonnet Syndrome.


“Hearing and Vision Loss”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Aug 2008)
(Flash format/Time=43:54)
A discussion by audiologist Helen J. Simon, Ph.D. on the comodalities of hearing loss and visual impairment.


How Blind Is Blind?”

(Flash format/Time=25 min.)
A two-part presentation in Flash format by Dan Roberts, MD Support Director, and August Colenbrander, M.D. The questions “Does AMD cause blindness?” and “What are the ranges of vision loss?” are answered and clarified. (2005)


“Summary of Research and Development–2011”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jun 2011)
(Flash format/Time=20:00)
A condensation for the layperson by MD Support director Dan Roberts of developments in the field of AMD from June 2010 through May 2011.  Download the script in PDF format.


“Summary of Research–2012”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jun 2012)
(Flash format/Time=20:00)
A condensation for the layperson by MD Support director Dan Roberts of developments in the field of AMD from June 2011 through May 2012.  Download the script in PDF format.


“Summary of Research–2013”

International Low Vision Support Group session (June 2013)
(Flash format/Time=31:00)
A condensation for the layperson by MD Support director Dan Roberts of developments in the field of AMD from June 2012 through May 2013.  Download the script in PDF format.


“Summary of Research–2014”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jun 2014)
(Flash format/Time=38:19)
A condensation for the layperson by MD Support director Dan Roberts of developments in the field of AMD from June 2013 through May 2014.  Read the text online.


“Summary of Research–2015”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jun 2015)
(Mp4 format/Time=34:31)
A condensation for the layperson by MD Support director Dan Roberts of developments in the field of AMD from June 2014 through May 2015.  Read the text online.


“Summary of Research–2016”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jun 2016)
(Mp4 format/Time=50:52)
A condensation for the layperson by MD Support director Dan Roberts of developments in the field of AMD from June 2015 through May 2016.

Read the text online.
Download the script in PDF format.

“Summary of Research & Developments–2017”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jun 2017)
(Mp4 format/Time=39:00)
Dan Roberts takes a look at important news during the past 12 months.

Read the transcript online.


“A Look at the Future: AMD Research and Treatment”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Oct 2009)
(Flash format/Time=55:21)
Gerald Chader, Ph.D. (Chief Scientific Officer, Doheny Retina Institute, Los Angeles, CA) summarizes the anatomy, pathology, and current treatments related to AMD, followed by an overview of research leading to promising future treatments. Comprehensive and easy to understand.


“A Quarter Century of Treating Wet AMD: The New Era”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Jan 2007)
(Flash format/Time=54:00)
A presentation by Janet Sunness, M.D., Medical Director, Hoover Rehabilitation Services for Low Vision and Blindness, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.


“Radiation Therapy For Macular Degeneration”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Sep 2010)
(Flash format/Time=1:00:01)
Peter Sonkin, M.D., reviews causes and treatments for wet macular degeneration, followed by a description of epiretinal brachytherapy, a radiation treatment in combination with anti-VEGF injection therapy.


“Research and Treatment for Dry AMD”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Mar 2010)
(Flash format/Time=47:59)
A presentation by Janet Sunness (Greater Baltimore Medical Center)


“Understanding Genetics”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Feb 2010)
(Flash format/Time=48:45)
An introduction to genetics as it relates to AMD, presented by Stuart Richer, O.D., Ph.D. A substantial amount of information that may require more than one viewing.


“Understanding Stem Cells”

International Low Vision Support Group session (May 2010)
(Flash format/Time=32:43)
A comprehensive presentation by MD Support director Dan Roberts delivering pertinent information about stem cells and development of stem cell research since 2001. Additional discussion provided by Professors Claudio Stern and Pete Coffey (University College London).


“What You Should Know About Glaucoma”

International Low Vision Support Group session (Aug 2010)
(Flash format/Time=29:40)
The causes, types, and treatments for glaucoma are explained by Dr. Edward J. Huggett, O.D. (Huggett Vision Institute, Holiday FL), and David Mittelstein (Vision for Vision, Laguna Niguel, CA).

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Mini-Presentations


Brief Flash format presentations for low vision individuals or groups seeking to understand causes, symptoms and treatment of common eye conditions. Narrated by Dan Roberts, MD Support Founding Director.

“Age-Related Macular Degeneration” (10:37)

“Cataract Surgery” (8:20)

“Diabetic Retinopathy” (10:18)

“Dry Eye” (6:35)

“Eyelid Problems” (10:50)

“Floaters and Flashes” (4:32)

“Glaucoma” (7:00)

“How The Eye Works” (9:10)

“Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation” (10:30)

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Photo Essays


Unique photo essays offering both information and inspiration for people who are affected by retinal degenerative diseases.

Some essays are in PDF format, requiring Acrobat Reader to view.


“Finding My Stride”

Sixteen-year-old Kimber Lee Empson has grown up with Stargardt disease. In this photo essay, she relates her feelings, her relationship with family and peers, her schooling, her successes and failures, and her strong desire to rise above what others might see as a disability.

This is a must-read for all family members, educators, physicians, counselors, and other acquaintances of visually impaired children and teens– and especially for those who share Kimber’s world of low vision.


“Macular Degeneration: The Inside Story”

A look at macular degeneration’s causes, effects, and current treatments. Be sure to view all three parts. (2006)


“The T.A.S.K. of Living With Central Vision Loss”

Four effective strategies for living successfully with visual impairment: Tenacity, Adaptability, Support, and Knowledge. (2006)

Also available as:
Audio/Visual Presentation
International Low Vision Support Group session
(Flash format/Time=21:00)


“Learning To Live With Low Vision”

A journey through low vision rehabilitation. Follow one patient through every step of training, from evaluation through home visitation. (2007)

Also available as:
Audio/Visual Presentation
International Low Vision Support Group session
(Flash format/Time=35:00)

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