Archives

ILVSG logo

This is where registered ILVSG affiliates may:


Archived Presentations


Mini-Presentations

Brief Flash format presentations for low vision individuals or groups seeking to understand causes, symptoms and treatment of common eye conditions.

“Age Related Macular Degeneration” (10:37)
View online | Download Files

“Cataract Surgery” (8:20)
View online | Download Files

“Diabetic Retinopathy” (10:18)
View online | Download Files

“Dry Eye” (6:35)
View online | Download Files

“Eyelid Problems” (10:50)
View online | Download Files

“Floaters and Flashes” (4:32)
View online | Download Files

“Glaucoma” (7:00)
View online | Download Files

“How The Eye Works” (9:10)
View online | Download Files

“Low Vision and Vision Rehabilitation” (10:30)
View online | Download Files

 


Full Length Monthly Presentations and Supplements
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017

2006

3/9/06 “The ABCs of Macular Degeneration”Introductory presentation by Dan Roberts, author: The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration, founding director, ILVSG and MD Support.

 

View online | Download files (6.7 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts
4/13/06 “Current Treatment and Research”Presentation by Dan Roberts with guest, Dr. Ed Huggett, O.D. Director, Low Vision and Binocular Vision Clinic, Morton Plant Mease Rehabilitation Center, Tampa Bay, FL

(No audio/visual recording available)Read the text | Newsletter
5/11/06 “The T.A.S.K. of Living With Central Vision Loss”
Presentation by Dan Roberts about the four elements of living successfully with low vision: Tenacity,Adaptability, Support and Knowledge.
View online | Download files (9 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
6/8/06 “Learning to Live with Low Vision: One Man’s Journey Through Rehabilitation”A dramatic presentation featuring professional actor Richard C. Brown.
View online | Download files (19.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Richard C. Brown
Richard C. Brown
9/14/06 “Straight Talk About Cope-ability”
A discussion with Mary Jay Clough, ACSW & Roy Cole, O.D., F.A.A.O. from the Jewish Guild for the Blind, New York City, NY
View online | Download files (12.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Roy Cole
Dr. Roy Cole
Photo of Mary Jay Clough
Mary Jay Clough
10/12/06 “Nutrition for Healthy Eyes”
Presenter: Ellen Troyer, MT MA (Executive Vice President & Chief Research Officer, Biosyntrx, Inc.)
View online | Download files (24.5 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Ellen Troyer
Ellen Troyer
11/9/06 “With the Heart One Sees Rightly”
Presenters: Lylas G. Mogk, M.D. and Prof. Marja Mogk, co-authors: Macular Degeneration:The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight
View online | Download files (16.5 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Lylas Mogk
Dr. Lylas Mogk
12/14/06 “Living with Vision Loss – Hoping for Coping”
Presenter: Tom Perski, Motivational speaker and Director of Vision Services, Vision Care Ophthalmic Technologies, Inc., Saratoga, California.
View online | Download files (17.7 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Tom Perski
Tom Perski

 

2007

1/11/07 “A Quarter Century of Treating Wet AMD: The New Era”
Presenter: Janet Sunness, M.D. Medical Director, Hoover Rehabilitation Services for Low Vision and Blindness, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland.
View online | Download files (20.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Janet Sunness
Janet Sunness
2/8/07 “Focus on Lighting”
Presenter: Charles Schwartz, M.S., Support Specialist, Low Vision Products.
View online | Download files (20.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Charles Schwartz
Charles Schwartz
3/8/07 “Issues With Low Vision”
Presenter: Don Curran, AMD patient and President of the Board, Macular Degeneration Alliance International and representative of The Macular Disease Society (United Kingdom).
View online | Download files (15.9 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Don Curran
Don Curran
4/12/07 “Sunlight and the Eyes”
Presenter: Charles Schwartz, M.S., Support Specialist, Low Vision Products.
View online | Download files (19.7 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Charles Schwartz
Charles Schwartz
5/10/07 “Update on Research and Treatments”
Presenter: Dan Roberts, author: The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration, founding director, ILVSG and MD Support.
View online | Download files (14.7 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts
6/14/07 “A Conversation with Lorraine Marchi, L.H.D.”
Founding Director: National Association for Visually Handicapped
View online | Download files (15.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Lorraine Marchi
Lorraine Marchi
7/12/07 “Alternative Medicine”
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.Presenters:

  • Dan Roberts, ILVSG Director
  • Wendy Strouse-Watt, O.D., MD Support Professional Advisor; Optometrist, Dubois, Pennsylvania
  • Alston C. Lundgren, M.D., Medical Acupuncturist, Santa Fe, New Mexico

View online | Download files (20.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Wendy Strouse-Wattl
Wendy Strouse-Watt, O.D.Photo of Alston Lundgren
Alston C. Lundgren, M.D.
8/9/07 “What is Low Vision Rehabilitation?”
Presenter: Orli Weisser-Pike, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV, Baptist Rehabilitation Germantown, Germantown, Tennessee.
View online | Download files (19.4 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Orli Weisser-Pike
Orli Weisser-Pike, O.T.
9/13/07 “Who Are Those People in the White Coats?”Understanding your doctor and knowing what questions to ask.Presenters:

  • Donald C. Fletcher, M.D., Dept. Of Ophthalmology California Pacific Medical Center/Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, San Francisco, California.
  • Edward J. Huggett, Jr., O.D., P.A., Palm Harbor Rehabilitation Center, Palm Harbor, Florida.

View online | Download files (25.8 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Don Fletcher
Don Fletcher, M.D.Photo of Ed Huggett
Ed Huggett, O.D.
10/11/07 “Successful Self-Management”
How you can manage your own continuum of care and be an effective partner in your treatment and rehabilitation.Presenter: Lynne Noon, O.D., FAAO, Diplomate in Low Vision Rehabilitation; President, LowVision.com.
View online | Download files (14.8 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Lynne Noon
Lynne Noon, O.D.
11/8/07 “Eye Didn’t Know That!”A tour through the eye and fun facts about how it works, leading to a greater appreciation for the process of sight.Presenter: Edward J. Huggett, O.D., Chief of Low Vision Services, St. Luke’s Cataract and Laser Institute, Tarpon Springs, Florida.

View online | Download files (15.4 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Ed Huggett
Edward J. Huggett, Jr., O.D.
12/13/07 “Holiday Food Fun & Eye Health”Update on nutrition for healthy eyes, plus tasty and healthy recipes for the holidays or any time of the year.Presenter: Ellen Troyer, MT MA (Executive Vice President & Chief Research Officer,Biosyntrx, Inc.)

View online | Download files (19.7 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Ellen Troyer
Ellen Troyer

 

2008

Jan 10 “The Challenges of Multiple Age-Related Disabilities”Presenter: Mary Warren, MS, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA (Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Alabama at Birmingham)
View online | Download files (20.2 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Mary Warren
Mary Warren
Feb 14 “Senior EZ Livin’: Tips and Tricks for Making Life Easier”Presenter: Charles Schwartz, MS, Support Specialist, Low Vision Products
View online | Download files (27.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Charles Schwartz
Charles Schwartz
Mar 13 “Aging Successfully with Vision Loss: Creative Pursuits and Leisure Activities”Presenters: Colleen O’Donnell, MSA, OTR, CLVT and Mary Ellen Daniel, MSA, OTR, CLVT (Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System)

View online | Download files (23.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Colleen O'Donnell
Photo of Mary Ellen Daniel
Apr 10 “Overview of Assistive Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired”Presenter: Ike Presley, American Foundation for the Blind

(See November 11, 2011 for more current information) | Newsletter
Photo of Ike Presley
Ike Presley
May 8 “Maintaining Your Quality of Life”Presenter: Michael Epp, Envision Rehabilitation Center

View online | Download files (19.4 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Michael Epp
Michael Epp
Jun 12 “Preventing Type 2 Diabetes”Presenter: Susan Mills-Gray (University of Missouri, MU Extension)

View online | Download files (21.4 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Susan Mills-Gray
Susan Mills-Gray
Jul 10 “Travel Without Trouble (In Spite of Low Vision)”Presenter: Dan Roberts, Director, MD Support

View online | Download files (11.1 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts
Aug 14 “Hearing and Vision Loss”Presenter: Helen J. Simon, Ph.D. (Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute)

View online | Download files (19.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Helen Simon
Helen Simon, Ph.D.
Sep 11 “What You See Is What You Eat”Presenter: Lylas Mogk, M.D. (Henry Ford Medical Center, Lavonia MI)

View online | Download files (22.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Lylas Mogk
Lylas Mogk, M.D.
Oct 9 “Who Am I and What Am I Doing Here?”A chat with Dan Roberts (Director, MD Support) about the patient’s role in the continuum of care. Moderated by Edward J. Huggett, O.D.
View online | Download files (20 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts
Nov 13 “Adventures in Darkness”Presenter: Tom Sullivan (actor, singer, entertainer, author, producer)

View online | Download files (21.3 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Tom Sullivan
Tom Sullivan
Nov 13 “Cooking Without Looking”Presenter: Renee Rentmeester (VisionWorld Foundation)

Newsletter
Photo of Renee Rentmeester
Renee Rentmeester

 

2009

Jan 8 “Reclaiming Independence: Staying in the Driver’s Seat When You No Longer Drive”Presenter: L. Penny Rosenblum, Ph.D. (University of Arizona)

View online | Download files (24 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Dr. Rosenblum
Dr. Rosenblum
Feb 12 “Body Weight and Eye Disease”Presenter: Ellen Troyer, M.T., M.A. (Chief Research Officer, Biosyntrx, Inc.)

View online | Download files (19.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Ellen Troyer
Ellen Troyer
Mar 12 “Learning Nonvisual Skills–Part One: Using a Cane”Presenter: Robert W. Massof, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

View online | Download files (20.4 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Dr. Massof
Robert Massof
Apr. 9 “Current Thinking in the Prevention of AMD.”Presenter: Dan Roberts (Director, MD Support)

Program removed | Newsletter
Photo of Dan Roberts
May 14 “Crashing Through–Making the Most of Life in the Face of Adversity”Presenter: Michael May (President & CEO, Sendero Group, LLC)

View online | Download files (15.9 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Michael May
June 11 “The Latest in Research and Treatment”Presenter: Dan Roberts (Director, MD Support)

Program removed | Newsletter
Photo of Dan Roberts
July 9 “Memory as a Substitute for Vision: The Aging Brain”Presenter: Colleen O’Donnell, MSA, OTR, CLVT (Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System)

View online | Download files (13.8 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Colleen O'Donnell
Aug 13 “You Don’t Need a Computer to See–Video and Adaptive Technology for the Low Vision Patient”Presenter: Michael Fischer, O.D., F.A.A.O. (Low Vision Clinical Consultant, Lighthouse International, NYC)

View online | Download files (19.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Michael Fischer
Sep 12 “Celebrating Successes During AMD Week 2009” (A panel discussion of successes in advocacy, research and low vision rehabilitation)Guest speakers:

Bruce Rosenthal, OD, FAAO
Chief of the Low Vision Clinical Practice, Lighthouse International, New York City

Gerald Chader, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer, Doheny Retina Institute, USC Medical School, Los Angeles, CA

David Herman
Board Chairman, AMDAI

View online | Download files (18.3 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Dr. RosenthalBruce Rosenthalphoto of Dr. Chader
Gerald Chaderphoto of Mr. Herman
David Herman
Oct 8 “A Look at the Future: Low Vision Rehabilitation”Presenter: Gislin Dagnelie, Ph.D. (Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University)

View online | Download files (17.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Gislin Dagnelie
Nov 12 “Nutrition: Separating Fact From Fiction”Presenter: Ellen Troyer, M.T., M.A. (CEO, Biosyntrx, Inc.)

View online | Download files (69.3 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Ellen Troyer
Dec 8 “A Look at the Future: AMD Research and Treatment”Presenter: Gerald Chader, Ph.D. (Chief Scientific Officer, Doheny Retina Institute, USC Medical School, Los Angeles, CA)

View online | Download files (75.1 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Gerald Chader

 

2010

Jan 14 “The Latest in Low Vision Rehabilitation”Presenter: Bruce Rosenthal, O.D. (Lighthouse International, New York City NY)

View online | Download files (59.1 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Bruce Rosenthal
Feb 11 “Understanding Genetics”Presenter: Stuart Richer, O.D., Ph.D. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, North Chicago IL)

View online | Download files (67.1 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Stuart Richer
Mar 11 “Research and Treatment for Dry AMD”Presenter: Janet Sunness, M.D. (Greater Baltimore Medical Center)

View online | Download files (61.3 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
Photo of Janet Sunness
Apr 8 “Navigating Everyday Tasks With Less Stress”Presenter: Anita Arakawa, M.A. (Veterans Administration, Los Angeles CA)

View online | Download files (55.1 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
stress cartoon
May 13 “Understanding Stem Cells”Presenter: Dan Roberts (Founding Director, MD Support) with Professors Claudio Stern and Pete Coffey (University College London)

View online | Download files (43.9 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Claudio Stern
Claudio Stern
photo of Pete Coffey
Pete Coffey
Jun 10 “Summary of Treatments and Research 2010”Presenter: Dan Roberts (Founding Director, MD Support)

View online | Download files (41.1 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts
Jul 8 “Facing Technophobia”Presenter: Dorrie Rush (Lighthouse International)

View online | Download files (46.7 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Dorrie Rush
Dorrie Rush
Aug 12 “What You Should Know About Glaucoma”Presenter: Ed Huggett, O.D. (Huggett Vision Institute, Holiday FL) with David Mittelstein (Vision for Vision, Laguna Niguel, CA)

View online | Download files (37.9 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Ed Huggett
Edward J. Huggett
Sept 9 “Radiation Therapy for Macular Degeneration”Presenter: Peter Sonkin (Tennessee Retina, Nashville TN)

View online | Download files (81.1 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Peter Sonkin
Peter Sonkin
Oct 14 “Diabetes and Vision Loss”Presenters: Roy Cole, OD, and Karen McCauley, RN, BSN, CDE (The Jewish Guild, New York City, NY)

View online | Download files (50.8 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Dr. Cole
Dr. Roy Cole
photo of Karen McCauley
Karen McCauley
Nov 11 “Seeing Lessons”Presenter: Tom Sullivan (Blind Entertainer, Author, Actor and Athlete)

View online | Download files (69.9 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Tom Sullivan
Tom Sullivan
Dec 9 “Super Foods for 2011”Presenter: Ellen Troyer, MT, MA (CEO, Biosyntrx, Inc.)

View online | Download files (60.5 mg) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Ellen Troyer
Ellen Troyer

 

2011

 

Jan 13 “Head, Heart, and Eyes”Presenter: R. Tracy Williams, OD, FAAO, with Leah Gerlach, M.S., C.R.C. (Spectrios Institute for Low Vision, Wheaton, IL)

View online | Download files (68 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Tracy Williams
Tracy Williams
Feb 10 “Crossing the Line From Visual to Nonvisual Skills”Presenter: Maurice Peret (Blind Industries & Services of Maryland)

View online | Download files (60 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Maurice Peret
Maurice Peret
Mar 10 “Going Blind”
Preview of the Joseph Lovett film (Lovett Productions, Inc., New York NY)
View online | Download files (43.5 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
title page capture
April 14 “Emotion and Adjustment”Presenter: Julia Kleinschmidt, PhD (Director, Patient Support Program, Moran Eye Center, Utah

View online | Download files (61.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Julie Kleinschmidt
Julia Kleinschmidt
May 12 “Spirituality Can Help”Presenter: Colleen O’Donnell, MSA, OTR, CLVT (Visual Rehabilitation and Research Center, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit MI)

View online | Download files (51.1 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Colleen O'Donnell
Colleen O’Donnell
June 9 “Summary of Treatment & Research–2011”Presenter: Dan Roberts (Director, MD Support)

View online | Download files (27.8 MB) | Download MP3 | Read transcript | Newsletter
photo of Dan Roberts
Dan Roberts
July 14 “”What’s Your Story?”Featuring the portraits of Adam Hahn. Interviews with low vision individuals provided by AMD Alliance International. Moderated by Dan Roberts.
View online | Download files (38.1 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Adam Hahn
Adam Hahn
Aug 11 “Keeping Fit: Fall Prevention and Exercise for Older Adults with Vision Loss”Presenter: Anne Riddering, OTR/L, CLVT, COMS (Henry Ford Health System, Detroit MI)

View online | Download files (58.9 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Anne Riddering
Anne Riddering
Sept 8 “Smart Medicine For Your Eyes”Presenter: Jeffrey Anshel, OD, FAAO (President, Ocular Nutrition Society)

View online | Download files (71.6 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Jeffrey Anshel
Jeffrey Anshel
Oct 13 “Hallucinations and Low Vision–Understanding Charles Bonnet Syndrome”Presenters: Liz Trauernicht (Director, Macular Degeneration Foundation) with Oliver Sacks, M.D. and Marjorie Louer

View online | Download files (98.8 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Liz Trauernicht
Liz Trauernicht
Nov 11 “New Technology for People With Low Vision”Presenter: Ike Presley (American Foundation for the Blind)

View online | Download files (53.3 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Ike Presley
Ike Presley
Dec 8 “Holiday Nutrition Magic”Presenter: Ellen Troyer, M.T., M.A. (CEO, Biosyntrx, Inc.) with Sandra Young, O.D.

View online | Download files (94.1 MB) | Download MP3 | Newsletter
photo of Ellen Troyer
Ellen Troyer

 

2012

January “Looking Past Limits”
Motivational speech by low vision activist Caroline Casey (Founding CEO, Aisling Foundation), originally produced by TED Talks.
View online | Download files (23.9 MB) | Download MP3 |Newsletter
February “Self-Monitoring Your Vision”
Discussion of the importance of self-monitoring between exams, including descriptions of home tests available. Guest presenter: Mark Roser (KeepSight Testing & Monitoring Solutions)
View online | Download files (34.2 MB) | Download MP3 |Newsletter
March “Helping Others Understand”
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.
View online | Download files (19.5 MB) | Download MP3 |Newsletter
April “Gardening With Low Vision”
A Hadley School for the Blind past seminar, originally titled“Harvest the Benefits of Gardening”. Information about garden planning, choosing and identifying plants, appropriate tools and hardware, and adaptive techniques.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
May “What Do You Know About Your Eyes?”The first in a series of three fun and educational quiz games hosted by Ed Huggett, O.D. and ILVSG Director Dan Roberts.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
June “Summary of Research 2012”
A wrap up of all news-making eye-related research and developments during the past 12 months.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
July “How Much Do You Know About Health and Nutrition?”
The second in a series of three fun and educational quiz games hosted by Ed Huggett, O.D. and ILVSG Director Dan Roberts.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
August “How Much Do You Know About Doc Talk?”
The third in a series of three fun and educational quiz games hosted by Ed Huggett, O.D. and ILVSG Director Dan Roberts.

View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
September “What’s So Funny About Low Vision?”
20 minutes of humorous jokes and anecdotes about life with visual impairment, as contributed by members of the low vision community and told by MD Support Director Dan Roberts. Audio only.
Download MP3 | Newsletter
October “Can Low Vision Rehabilitation Help?”
Low vision specialist Leslie Burkhardt, MSLVT discusses how Low Vision Rehabilitation educates people about vision loss, and how it helps them to assess, regain and re-prioritize function that has been limited by vision loss.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
November “Limited Vision…Unlimited Potential”
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.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
December “Aging, Inflammation and Antioxidants”
Ellen Troyer, M.T., M.A. (CEO, Biosyntrx, Inc.) discusses new research about how the aging process can be slowed in seniors through diet and nutrition.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter

2013

January “Suffering, Endurance, Character, and Hope” 
This inspiring speech was delivered by Paul Karos at the opening session of Visions 2012, sponsored by the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Mr. Karos, who was diagnosed at the age of eight with retinitis pigmentosa, describes how vision loss affected his life as he traveled the road from desperation as a young man to becoming one of the top executives in the country.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
February “Participating in a Clinical Trial”
This is the second in our series of presentations selected from the Visions 2012 conference, sponsored by the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Dr. David Birch covers the many aspects of a clinical trial a patient should know before participating in one. Topics will include inclusion and exclusion criteria, what to expect during study visits, open-label versus placebo controlled studies, and why clinical trials are important.The second part presents Drs. David Wilson, Matthew Vincent, and David Saperstein, who describe three major clinical trials now underway.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
March “Growing Through Grief: Emotional Adjustment to Vision Loss”
This third session in the Visions 2012 series presents Ellen Morrow, who reviews the feelings and reactions to grieving the loss of vision. She describes different types of loss and different methods of coping, including inner strength and outer resources. She also discusses newer research on significant factors in resiliency.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
April “Overcoming the ‘Obstacle’ of Blindness”
The fourth Visions 2012 entry presents Eric Weihenmayer, the only blind man to climb all seven summits, offering an impactful message about harnessing the power of adversity and using it as fuel for greatness. Viewing adversity not as the enemy, but as the pathway. He emphasizes the importance of teamwork and talks about the daily struggle to pursue dreams.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
May “Crime Prevention and Personal Safety for the Blind and Visually Impaired”
Our final selection from the Visions 2012 conference introduces Bobbi Moore, who provides tips for the visually impaired to increase confidence and the ability to handle themselves in a dangerous situation.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
June “Summary of Research and Developments 2013”
MD Support Director Dan Roberts presents his annual report on pertinent low vision research and developments during the past 12 months.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
July “Understanding Drug Side Effects and Adverse Events”
MD Support Director Dan Roberts explains what patients should and should not be concerned about when undergoing drug treatment.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
August “ADA Complementary Paratransit Basics”
Information from Easter Seals Project Action about alternative transportation for the visually impaired. Presenter: Kristi McLaughlin. Training and Technical Assistance Specialist.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
September “Where Did I Put It?”
Polly Abbott, Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist at Second Sense, shares strategies and tips for organizing and identifying belongings. Polly provides further information on how to create independence through a system of organization.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
October “Is the iPhone/iPad Right for Low Vision Seniors?”
Hadley School for the Blind instructor Amy Salmon explains the many benefits an easy-to-use iDevice can offer to our low vision community.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
November “Aging and Low Vision”
Bryan Gerritsen, CLVT, discusses how we are confronted daily with different visual challenges, and how we can handle them.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
December “What’s New in Nutrition?”
Ellen Troyer, M.T., M.A. (Chief Research Officer, Biosyntrx, Inc.) returns to update us on the past year’s developments in nutrition science. Her talk includes a clarification of the AREDS2 results.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter

2014

January “Overcoming the Emotional Barrier of Blindness” 
Michael Hingson tells how he and his guide dog survived the Twin Towers attack on 9/11. Author Michael Hingson inspires us with his courage and insight.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
February “The Monster Behind The Door” 
Fear of the unknown, and of being alone, are the worst of all fears, and, therefore, the biggest challenges in coping with progressive vision loss. Conquering those fears can open doors of opportunities never thought possible.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
March “Echolocation: Seeing With Your Tongue” 
Daniel Kish teaches the blind to navigate the world using tongue clicks. He tells us how it is done and discusses his philosophy of how we see.
View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
April “Riding the Wave of Evolving Technology” 

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.

View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
May “Revisiting Mike May” 

Following up on the developer of the GPS navigation system for the visually impaired and how he has handled his own restoration of vision after a life of blindness.

View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
June “Summary of Research and Development 2013-14” 

MD Support Director Dan Roberts presents his 9th annual report on pertinent low vision research and developments during the previous 12 months.

View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
July “Twenty Things Eye Doctors Probably Don’t Tell You (But Would Like You To Know)” 

Sometimes doctors are better off just not saying anything, but here is what they could very well be thinking. A revealing and often humorous peek into the minds of those who care for us.

View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
August Rewind Month 

(Select from past presentations.)

Newsletter
September “Ending Blindness”

A capsulized Charlie Rose panel discussion on promising developments in gene therapy, stem cell therapy, and retinal chip implantation.

View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
October “25 Ways To See”

An overview of low vision devices and technology.

View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
November “Three Pillars of Health”

Presentation by Ellen Troyer, MT, MA on the importance of diet, supplements, and exercise.

View online | Download files | Download MP3 | Newsletter
December Rewind Month

(Select from past presentations.)

Newsletter

2015

JANUARY
“Living With a Low Vision Person”
Nancy Goodman Torpey & Peter Torpey (hosts of the weekly Internet podcast, Eyes On Success) interview family members of people with low vision. The session also includes helpful information for caregivers provided by Dan Roberts.

View online | Download filesDownload MP3 | Newsletter

FEBRUARY
“Using a Cane: Is it Right for Me?”
Presented by Julie Deden, (Executive Director, Colorado Center for the Blind) at VISIONS 2014, sponsored by the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

View online | Download filesDownload MP3 | Newsletter

Beginning this month, all presentations will be in Quicktime movie format (MP4). Simply click on the title to view and save.

MARCH
“Overcoming Challenges of Vision Loss”
Nancy Goodman Torpey & Peter Torpey (hosts of the weekly Internet podcast, Eyes On Success) often say that nothing is impossible just because you can’t see. In this session, we hear heartfelt thoughts from several visually impaired people on the subject and how they have overcome others telling them something was impossible.

Download Newsletter

APRIL
“All About Glasses”
Dan Roberts (ILVSG Director) explains prescription numbers, types of eyeglasses, how visual acuity is measured, and how to choose the right sunglasses. Four different eye tests are included in the newsletter for self-monitoring between exams.

Download Newsletter (Page 1)
Download Eye Tests (Pages 2-6 of the newsletter)

MAY
“Don’t Let Low Vision Bring you Down: Coping with Depression, Anxiety and Anger”

Presented by Beth Gustin (Center For People With Disabilities) at VISIONS 2014, sponsored by the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

Download Newsletter

JUNE
“Summary of Research & Developments 2015”

Dan Roberts’ annual wrap-up of the past 12 months of news from the field of low vision.

Download Newsletter

JULY
“Sightseeing Without Sight”

Dan Roberts introduces new research which has shown that our brains actually do form mental images from what we hear. Sightseeing can, therefore, be possible if we just “open our ears” to the sounds around us.

To make sightseeing easier, Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey discuss making the best of nonvisual senses while traveling, including examples from their recent trip. It includes audio clips, pointers about information available at most Visitor Centers, and suggestions of the kinds of accommodations one might expect.

At the end of the presentation, a fun demonstration of “audio imaging” involves the listener.

Download Newsletter

AUGUST
Rewind Month

(Select from past presentations.)

Download Newsletter

SEPTEMBER
“Training and Raising Guide Dogs”

Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey speak with Pam Boy (Region Coordinator for Guiding Eyes For The Blind) about the making of a guide dog, from breeding to final graduation.

Download Newsletter

OCTOBER
“Devices and Technology for Low Vision”

A discussion with Ike Presley of the American Foundation for the Blind’s National Literacy Center. A presentation selected from the 2014 BrightFocus Chat series.

Download Newsletter

NOVEMBER
“Feeding the Soul–Ladder to the Moon”

Nutrition expert Ellen Troyer (CEO, Biosyntrx, Inc.) offers an inspiring talk about how involvement in the humanities can do wonders for both the spirit and general body health.

Download Newsletter

DECEMBER
Rewind Month

(Select from past presentations.)

Download Newsletter


2016

JANUARY
“Preparing For Vision Loss”

Nancy and Peter Torpey talk about how you can prepare for eventual vision loss by preparing your home, using adaptive aids, becoming aware of your other senses, accessible technology and more.

Download Newsletter

FEBRUARY
“Leading in the Dark”

Former New York Governor David Paterson talks about his journey as the state’s first African American, and legally blind, governor. He relates several stories about the predicaments his visual condition got him into, with his main point being that we need to sometimes just let those kinds of situations just roll off our backs, and maybe even find the humor in them.

Download Newsletter

MARCH
“The Sociology of Disability”

Peter Torpey and Nancy Goodman Torpey interview Tom Behler, a blind college professor of sociology, who provides unique insight into how people with disabilities are treated by society.

Download Newsletter

APRIL
“Update and Overview of Macular Degeneration”

Part 1: Dr. Emily Chew (NEI) reviews the AREDS research and also gave an overview of age-related macular degeneration.
Part 2: Dr. Mark Kleinman (Univ of KY) describes ongoing clinical trials testing drugs for both wet and dry macular degeneration.

Download Newsletter

MAY
“The Future of Driving With Visual Impairment”

David Seftel, MD, interviews Philip C Hessburg, MD, about hope for the future of visually impaired drivers. Relaxation of driving regulations and the advent of autonomous vehicles are discussed.

Download Newsletter

JUNE
“Summary of Research and Developments 2016”

Dan Roberts (MD Support Director) describes major events from the past 12 months of medical research.

Download Newsletter
Download Transcript

JULY
“Gene Therapy 101”

Dr. Shannon Boye (Univ of FL) and Dr. John Flannery (Univ of CA, Berkley) describe recent developments in gene therapy treatment for ophthalmic conditions.

Download Newsletter

AUGUST
Rewind Month

(Select from past presentations)

Download Newsletter

SEPTEMBER
“Stem Cells 201”

Dr. David Gamm (University of Wisconsin) and Dr. Dennis Clegg (University of California, Santa Barbara) provide an update on developments in stem cell transplantation therapy for retinal diseases.

Download Newsletter

OCTOBER
“Living Life Unafraid”

Rebecca Alexander, psychotherapist and author, tells about living successfully with loss of both vision and hearing.

Download Newsletter

NOVEMBER
“Taking Care of the Future You”

Ellen Troyer returns with her annual presentation to the people in our Low Vision Community. This time it’s all about the importance of preparing for a future of personal independence, comfort, and good health.

Download Newsletter

DECEMBER
Rewind Month

(Select from past presentations)

Download Newsletter


2017

JANUARY
“Low Vision Focus at Hadley”

Ed Haines tells us about educational recordings available for free through the mail from Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Download Newsletter

FEBRUARY
“Hidden Thoughts of the Visually Impaired”

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.

Download Newsletter

MARCH
“The Vision Rehabilitation Therapist: Your Advocate for Independence”

Ed Haines talks about the services of one of the most important professionals in the low vision team.

Download Newsletter

APRIL
“Assistive Technology in the Middle Lane”

Many older adults have had little or no experience with the new technology, or possess neither the means nor the desire to maneuver in the fast lane of Cyberspace. With that in mind, Dan Roberts provides a comprehensive discussion of the many helpful low-tech products requiring no computers or smart phones. Phone numbers for dealers are included.

Download Newsletter

MAY
“Low Vision Rehabilitation from the Inside Out”

Gregg Pusateri, O.D., M.Div. (Spectrios Institute for Low Vision), discusses the value of low vision rehabilitation as a way of providing low vision people with “hope, independence, and dignity in their lives”.

Download Newsletter

JUNE
“Summary of Research & Development 2017”

Dan Roberts looks at the past 12 months of reports and headlines.

Download Newsletter

JULY
“Adapting Your Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired”

Neva Fairchild (American Foundation for the Blind Center on Vision Loss) describes simple, but important ways life around the house or apartment can be made easier.

Download Newsletter

AUGUST
Rewind Month

(Select from past presentations)

Download Newsletter

SEPTEMBER
“Transitioning to Blindness”
(from “Eyes On Success” Podcast 1545, Nov. 4, 2015)

Losing one’s vision as an adult can be difficult. This week hosts Nancy and Peter Torpey talk with Susan Krieger about her experiences as she transitioned from the sighted world to using a cane and guide dog. Hear about 3 books she has written in which she documents her journey through a series of entertaining and insightful essays.

Download Newsletter

OCTOBER
“Don’t Wait For Luck”

Motivational speaker Paul Appleyard tells his inspirational story about how he became a World Champion Blind Golfer.

Download Newsletter

NOVEMBER
“What’s So Scary About Blind People?”

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.

Download Newsletter

DECEMBER
Rewind Month

(Select from past presentations)

Download Newsletter