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JVIB: Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness


Año 2008. Número 102 (10)

The Difference That Age Makes: Cultural Factors That Shape Older Adults' Responses to Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Marja Mogk
This article suggests that approaching vision loss from age-related macular degeneration from a sociocultural perspective, specifically considering perceptions of aging, blindness, disability, and generational viewpoints and norms, may be critical to understanding older adults' responses to vision loss and visual rehabilitation pp 581-590
Psychosocial Perspective: Depression in Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Robin Casten and Barry Rovner pp 91-599
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of disability in the elderly, substantially degrades the quality of their lives, and is a risk factor for depression. Rates of depression in AMD are substantially greater than those found in the general population of older people, and are on par with those of other chronic and disabling diseases. This article discusses the effect of depression on vision-related disability in patients with AMD, suggests methods for screening for depression, and summarizes interventions for preventing depression in this high-risk group.
Medical Perspective: Foveal-Sparing Scotomas in Advanced Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Janet S. Sunness; Gary S. Rubin; Abraham Zuckerbrod and Carol A. Applegate
Foveal-sparing scotomas are common in advanced dry macular degeneration (geographic atrophy). Foveal preservation may be present for a number of years. Despite good visual acuity, these patients have reduced reading rates. Magnification may not be effective if the text becomes too large to "fit" within the central spared area pp 600-610
Research Report: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Stroke: Implications for Rehabilitation of Older Adults with Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Mary Warren pp 611-615
Practice Report: Keeping Older Adults with Vision Loss Safe: Chronic Conditions and Comorbidities That Influence Functional Mobility
Anne T. Riddering pp 616-620
Driving: Driving and Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Cynthia Owsley and Gerald McGwin, Jr.
This article reviews the research literature on driving and age-related macular degeneration, which is motivated by the link between driving and the quality of life of older adults and their increased collision rate. It addresses the risk of crashes, driving performance, driving difficulty, self-regulation, and interventions to enhance, safety, and considers directions for future research pp 621-635
Outcomes: Successful Outcomes from a Structured Curriculum Used in the Veterans Affairs Low Vision Intervention Trial
Joan A. Stelmack; Stephen Rinne; Rickilyn M. Mancil; Deborah Dean; D'Anna Moran; X. Charlene Tang; Roger Cummings and Robert W. Massof
A low vision rehabilitation program with a structured curriculum was evaluated in a randomized controlled trial. The treatment group demonstrated large improvements in self-reported visual function (reading, mobility, visual information processing, visual motor skills, and overall). The team approach and the protocols of the treatment program are described pp 636-648
Practice Report: Topographic Mapping of Residual Vision by Computer
Manfred MacKeben pp 649-655
Practice Report: Patient with Macular Disease, Good Visual Acuity, and Central Visual Field Disruption and Significant Difficulties with Activities of Daily Living
Donald C. Fletcher; Ronald A. Schuchard; Joseph P. Walker and Paul A. Raskauskas pp 656-658
Practice Report: Comment: Modifications to the Fletcher Central Field Test for Patients with Low Vision
Ronald J. Cole pp 659-659
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