"Dan Roberts does not just give AMD patients and those who care for them all the facts and resources they need, in a highly readable and often entertaining form. By his own example he also shows them that, no matter how bitter the lemons of the diagnosis, they too can make lemonade. The book is a must. And it can help people well beyond the first year, I can assure you."
- Gislin Dagnelie, Ph.D., Ass't Professor of Ophthalmology Director of Low Vision Services, Lions Vision Research & Rehab Center, Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine
"As I suspected, your book is a tour de force: just right for the audience intended. Well crafted, nicely presented, just right."
- John McGovern, Seattle WA
"This book reaches out to you. It is a testament to the fact that you can live fully and vibrantly in spite of vision loss at any level."
- Lylas G. Mogk, M.D., Medical Director, Henry Ford Health System Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center
"A comprehensive work that I would recommend to anyone who has ARMD, to their family and significant others, and to all eye care practioners as a resource both for themselves and for their patients who are just developing the condition."
- Roy Gordon Cole, O.D., Director of Vision Program Development, The Jewish Guild for the Blind, New York City
"If you've been told you have macular degeneration, and that nothing can be done about it, here is a book you need to read immediately. The First Year, Age-Related Macular Degeneration will set your mind at ease and your heart at rest. Dan Roberts has gathered information and wisdom that will show you everything that CAN be done. Learn the basic facts, read the stories of others, try out the useful tips and follow up on all the resources available to you. It will absolutely change the way you look at this disease. Kudos to the author and the many caring people who have shared their AMD world with him!"
- Judith Delgado, Director, Macular Degeneration Partnership
"This book provides a rational, informative appraisal of a common and still poorly treatable disease, age related macular degeneration. It should prove helpful to the large audience of patients and practitioners involved with this problem."
- Peter Gouras, M.D., Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NYC
"At last a book on macular degeneration for the general public that treats the reader as an intelligent individual capable of understanding the concepts and information presented. Mr. Roberts does a wonderful job of explaining macular degeneration, its affects on vision function and what can be done to lessen its impact on one's life."
- Joseph Maino, O.D., Chief, VICTORS program, Kansas City VA Medical Center
"A reassuring and sensible in-depth conversation with a knowledgeable friend at the time it is most needed."
- Mary Jay Clough, LCSW, ACSW, Social Worker, The Jewish Guild for the Blind, New York City
"This book is unique in several respects. Rather than concentrating all the clinical material in one large section, the author presents smaller, more approachable units on clinical aspects of macular degeneration as well as low vision approaches and patient experience. At the same time, he presents a thorough discussion of each topic, so that the reader gets an up to date and accurate picture of macular degeneration in digestible bites. I'm sure it will help many many patients and families affected by macular degeneration."
- Janet S. Sunness, M.D., Medical Director, Richard E. Hoover Rehabilitation Services for Low Vision and Blindness, Greater Baltimore Medical Center
"Superb! Just what the doctor ordered!"
- Alex Holman, New Jersey
"Your new book was published the day I was diagnosed, and I got it right away. I am following all the suggestions applicable now and know that learning ahead of time what to do and adjusting mentally to the changes ahead can make a huge difference. I intend to look upon this as a challenge rather than as a catastrophe and am grateful for the help you provide. The book is a godsend, full of very useful information and straight talk."
- Christina Brundage, RN, St. Petersburg, Florida
"Covering the latest research as well as giving advice about daily concerns, Dan Roberts' book provides a broad range of information about AMD, including treatment, research, low vision devices, technology and rehabilitation. Well done!"
- AMD Alliance International Communique
"Thank you Dan for using your time and energy to prepare MD patients with this valuable handbook. Your cover paragraph says it all: "A Patient-Expert Walks You Through Everything You Need to Learn and Do."
- Liz Trauernicht, President, Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc.
"The eye care professionals on the Biosyntrx scientific advisory board give Dan Roberts' new book and his web site a major thumbs-up. It's indispensable for patients adjusting to life with low vision.
- Ellen Troyer, M.T., M.A. & Spencer Thornton, M.D., Biosyntrx, Inc.
"What a fantastic book! This is a great tool for patients, care givers, partners, and for medical personnel."
- Sharon, AMD patient
"Because I recently finished my own "First Year" with MD, I was able to relate to everything you wrote about. I will certainly be able to pass on correct information to my friends. Everyone will be so impressed that I am not sure I will be able to live with myself!"
- Sandy, AMD patient
"The book is written for a lay person in simple, but complete descriptions of the process of Macular Degeneration. It is geared to the newly diagnosed person and efficiently answers all the possible questions that arise. After reading this book, I felt completely prepared to deal with my macular degeneration in a positive, realistic manner. "Must read" for a newly diagnosed patient, or someone who is close to someone with macular degeneration."
- Dexter, AMD patient
"Essential for those with macular degeneration! The author's dedication to research about macular degeneration as a disease and its effects on the lives of the people it attacks is, in my opinion, unparalleled. In this book, he not only informs the reader of the necessary information about the disease, but he also nurtures the understandably anxious emotions of those who have been diagnosed with macular degeneration."
- Daughter of an AMD patient
"I received your book about ten days ago, have read it twice and constantly refer to it. It is invaluable to me. After reading it, I feel relaxed and able to cope with this disease as it progresses. At diagnosis, I knew next to nothing about MD and what I thought I knew was wrong. Now, I am becoming well informed and can actually sleep at night. Thank you for helping thousands (millions?) adjust to a feared disease. Knowledge is a powerful tool."
- Ann, AMD patient
"The consensus opinion of the esteemed members of the Biosyntrx Scientific Advisory Board: 'To best serve the needs of the newly diagnosed AMD patient, they should be introduced by their eye care professional to Dan Roberts' Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed.'"
- Biosyntrx.com "Friday Pearl"
"I had to quit driving two weeks ago after I drove my Jeep off the highway. I have had problems getting information from my doctor and was frankly at the end of my rope. I am very depressed over this all and am trying to fight back but I did not have enough information to fight back with. Then I ordered your book [and] I just want to thank you. As I read your book my eyes filled with tears. Someone understood. Someone could help. Thank you!"
- Dan A., AMD patient
"I have just finished listening to Dan Roberts' excellent book, The First Year, which is available from Talking Books [Library of Congress] as RC 63206 . . . Our Director deserves a sincere 'Thank You' for giving us this wonderful resource. My hat off to you, Dan!"
- Ed M., MDList subscriber
"Your book beautifully walks the fine line between technical/practical knowledge and accessiblity to the layman. It is SO comprehensive in the material it covers. I readily recommend it to clients and their families."
- Paul Scaglione, MS, OTR/L
"I think those with AMD will listen more to what is said when it is written by someone who is going through what they are. The web is a great place to get information, but it is still no substitute for well written books, and yours is one of the best." - Leslie Degner, RN, BSN