• Age-Related Macular Degeneration Affects More Than Just Your Vision.

    The diagnosis of low vision due to age, such as macular degeneration, often comes with more consequences than just the inability to see. A new study by the National Eye Institute (NEI) reports that patients with low vision experience twice the depression that the blind experience and five times more depression compared with normal populations. The study brought together mental health and eye care professionals to study the causes of depression in those diagnosed with low-vision due to age. Learn what you can do to help!

  • Advancements Offer New Hope to Macular Degeneration Patients.

    Doctors may not yet be able to cure age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or reverse its effects, but recent innovations and improved understanding of best practices are greatly lessening its impact. Until a breakthrough to eliminate this degenerative disease that robs its victims of their sharp, central vision appears, it's a relief to see steady progress being made to keep patients functional, safe and independent. With February being Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month, it's an ideal time to focus on recent advancements in the field.

  • Millions of Diabetics Blind to Both Risk of Eye Disease and Help Available.

    It's well understood that having too much glucose (also called sugar) in your blood from diabetes can damage a person's cardiovascular system and lead to such health problems as heart attacks and strokes. Lesser widely known is how frequently excess glucose can damage small blood vessels in the eye and lead to serious eye problems, including blindness. A recent study conducted by Everyday Health concluded that less than half of diabetics comprehend their risk of vision loss. Fewer still are aware of its prevalence.

  • Stroke Victims Look to Innovative Glasses to Improve Side Vision.

    In addition to being the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, strokes can lead to any number of life-changing disabilities. One of the most common side effects of the estimated 800,000 strokes that occur each year in the country is a loss of side vision (hemianopsia) of up to one-half to the right or the left. With May being both "Stroke Prevention Month," as well as "Healthy Vision Month," there is a new focus on the challenges patients with stroke-related hemianopsia face, as well as the hope that advanced Side Vision Awareness Glasses (SVAG) can provide.

  • Macular Degeneration Patients See Wisdom of Seeing Two Types of Doctors.

    This February, which is designated Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month, also marks a shift in best practices for treating the vision-robbing disease. A growing number of patients, their families and healthcare providers see great value in choosing two different doctors to focus on different aspects of the disease. In addition to one doctor to treat the medical condition causing loss of vision, another helps manage the effects permanent vision loss has on lives.

  • Improved Website for Low Vision Patients.

    The International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), the largest private group of low vision optometrists in the world, has added sitecues« to its patient and caregiver website http://www.IALVS.com making the site more accessible to low vision visitors. Visitors can now easily zoom in on any part of the website, and can have any section read aloud. With this added functionality, the IALVS is furthering its core mission to help people with low vision maintain independence and enhance quality of life.

  • International Academy of Low Vision Specialists Announces Training of Doctors in Six New States and Canada.

    "Most eye doctors focus on preventing vision loss through medical and surgical means. But some conditions cause vision loss despite whatever means we have available," explained Dr. Richard J. Shuldiner, low vision optometrist and founder of the IALVS.

    "I founded the IALVS with the idea that there is life after vision loss. Our doctors are trained in finding means to maintain independence and lifestyle, despite the vision loss. We prescribe low vision glasses to allow people to continue everyday activities like driving, reading, seeing faces, playing bridge, and writing emails."

  • With Over 65s Reporting Vision Loss at Alarming Rates, International Academy of Low Vision Specialists Releases Six Tips to Maintaining Eye Health.

    While millions will, happily, visit the dentist, frequent their OBGYN or take daily supplements to prevent high cholesterol, few actively work at maintaining their eye health as they age. Nobody knows this better than the nationwide network of Optometrists, all members of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), who spend their careers assisting those who are losing their eyesight, and often losing it fast.

    As part of their national outreach program, the IALVS team of low vision optometrists are today releasing new guidelines for preserving eye health, as well as calling on those worried about their failing visionto seek immediate help.

  • Macular Degeneration Patients See Wisdom of Seeing Two Types of Doctors.

    This February, which is designated Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month, also marks a shift in best practices for treating the vision-robbing disease. A growing number of patients, their families and healthcare providers see great value in choosing two different doctors to focus on different aspects of the disease. In addition to one doctor to treat the medical condition causing loss of vision, another helps manage the effects permanent vision loss has on lives.

  • Friends in Need, Indeed.

    Having an identical twin is a little like having an echo of yourself. You're not identical, not really. You have different opinions, prefer different foods. But there's also a commonality most siblings don't have. You share some of the same strengths and talents. And maybe some things that aren't so great.

    My twin sister, Sharon, and I were like that, especially when we were young. We were both math whizzes. We took advanced classes in high school and knew early on what we were going to be: CPAs. Then one day in algebra I noticed Sharon squinting at the blackboard.

  • International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) Marks World Sight Day By Urging Everyone to Get Their Eyes Tested.

    Universal Eye Health is the theme for World Sight Day 2013 and this year's call to action is simple: get your eyes tested. It's a mantra that has long been adopted by the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), a group of United States optometrists who provide solutions for vision limiting conditions including Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States.
    "IALVS completely endorses the World Health Organization in its efforts to bring awareness to leading causes of blindness," said Dr. Richard J. Shuldiner, low vision optometrist and founder of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) in the US.

  • International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) Supports Johns Hopkins Study Showing Americans with Macular Degeneration Tend to Stay Closer to Home.

    While a diagnosis of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) can be devastating, it does not mean that all patients will be relegated to a life spent unable to travel far from home. Members of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists suggest patients get a second opinion, because there are things that can be done to give these people options.
    According to a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Study released earlier this month (http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/19/us-macular-degeneration-idUSBRE98I0JY20130919), AMD patients do go outside their home, but they do not go as far from home as compared to individuals with normal vision.

  • California Optometrist and Founder of IALVS Dr.Richard Shuldiner Develops Reverse Telescope Glasses.

    A pair of specially developed reverse telescope glasses proved to be a trump card in solving the problems of a low vision patient who liked to play bridge but could no longer do so because of complex sight issues.
    Richard J. Shuldiner, OD, F.A.A.O., a California optometrist who is Clinical Director of Low Vision Optometry in Southern California and Founder of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS), said he made the glasses because as a low vision optometrist and a card player himself he had dual insight into the woman's problems.

  • California Optometrist and Founder of IALVS Dr.Richard Shuldiner Develops Reverse Telescope Glasses.

    Dr. Richard Shuldiner develops glasses for low vision patient who liked to play bridge, trumping multiple sight issues and gets her back in the game.

    A pair of specially developed reverse telescope glasses proved to be a trump card in solving the problems of a low vision patient who liked to play bridge but could no longer do so because of complex sight issues.

  • Life After Vision Loss for Patients Suffering With Macular Degeneration (ARMD).

    International Academy of Low Vision Specialists optometrists utilizing new lens technology to help correct a basic problem experienced by those with macular degeneration (ARMD).

    There is new hope for people whose vision has been compromised by age related macular degeneration (ARMD), glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

  • The International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists Launches New Website for Patients, Caregivers.

    The International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists is pleased to announce the launch of a standalone website, http://www.LowVisionEyeDoctors.com dedicated to educating consumers about low vision and low vision solutions. The site was created to serve as an online resource for people with vision impairment due to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other eye conditions often associated with aging. The initiative aims to answer questions that those with low vision, in addition to their loved ones and caregivers, may have by addressing its causes and warning signs, as well as vision-enhancing devices and medical solutions.

  • IALVS Doctors Support Harvard Special Report: Keep an eye out for age-related macular degeneration.

    Harvard University Special Health Report released August 22, 2013 states "The earlier Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is detected, the more likely it can be treated successfully." International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) doctors, agree wholeheartedly.
    Believing in LIFE AFTER VISION LOSS; The IALVS is a group of optometrists who are specially trained in low vision to help patients suffering from:-- -Macular Degeneration: Wet or Dry, Albinism, Glaucoma, Stargardt's Disease, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinitis Pigmentosa and Other Vision-Limiting Conditions.

  • The International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists Launches New Website for Patients, Caregivers.

    New Low Vision Website Provides Valuable Resources to Those Suffering with (AMD) Age Related Macular Degeneration and other Vision Limiting Conditions.

    The International Academy Of Low Vision Specialists is pleased to announce the launch of a standalone website, http://www.LowVisionEyeDoctors.com dedicated to educating consumers about low vision and low vision solutions. The site was created to serve as an online resource for people with vision impairment due to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and other eye conditions often associated with aging. The initiative aims to answer questions that those with low vision, in addition to their loved ones and caregivers, may have by addressing its causes and warning signs, as well as vision-enhancing devices and medical solutions.

  • IALVS Doctors Support Harvard Special Report: Keep an eye out for age-related macular degeneration.

    Members of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) agree with Harvard Report stating Early Detection is Key for successful treatment of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

    Harvard University Special Health Report released August 22, 2013 states "The earlier Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is detected, the more likely it can be treated successfully." International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) doctors, agree wholeheartedly.