The 20/20 Low Vision Blog











Have you caught an episode of our vlog, Coffee Talk with Lannie D? If not, it’s time to view the series and catch up on what you’ve been missing. It’s a moving, firsthand look at daily life with low vision, escorted and narrated by Lannie D. You can find the vlog on our website, Facebook page or YouTube channel.


One of the goals of the vlog is to increase awareness of low vision and




We like to keep you updated on the latest news from the world of ophthalmology and there are two very interesting items this week. The first is new research that shows the importance of wearing UV eyewear to protect the delicate skin around the eyes. The second news item is that Pinterest, the popular online pinboard, has made its site more user-friendly for the visually impaired.


Protection for the delicate skin around the











Halloween is a great holiday for children and adults. It’s fun to dress up in fantastic costumes and transform into any number of creatures and characters. Make-up can transform one’s face, but leave the eyes alone. Although there are many costume contacts on the market today, they come with their own dangers, including eye infections and vision loss. They may be tempting to use because of the dramatic looks they can create, but











Cone-rod dystrophy is considered a rare inherited eye disorder that affects the retina and causes vision loss. The retina captures, or “sees”, images and converts them into electronic signals that are sent to the brain for translation and identification. The cells in the retina that are sensitive to light are called cones and rods. Cone-rod dystrophy causes the cones and rods in the retina to deteriorate, inhibiting the retinas ability to work











Even though there is no cure, it’s important to know about Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) because it affects more than 1.8 million Americans and is the leading cause of vision loss in the U.S. The disease affects more people than cataracts and glaucoma combined. Vision loss caused by the disease is not noticed until the late stages, so regular comprehensive eye checks are essential to protect eye health. Early detection can











The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the world’s first artificial iris, a breakthrough development for those suffering with severe vision loss. The iris is the colored part of the eye that surrounds the central pupil.


The iris plays an important role in the function of the eye. It controls the diameter and size of the pupil, and the amount of light reaching the retina. The retina is the camera lens











Juvenile macular degeneration is a group of rare inherited eye disorders that cause central vision loss in children and young adults. The most common form of the disorder is Stargardt disease. Other forms include Best’s disease and juvenile retinoschisis. There is no treatment and no cure for these diseases and they result in legal blindness. Here are four important facts about juvenile macular degeneration.


1: Juvenile macular degeneration is a genetic disorder passed from











You’ve probably heard it used as a disparaging remark –  a person or business has “tunnel vision” – meaning they can only see things from their own, narrow point of view. It’s more than just a saying; tunnel vision is a very real vision impairment and it involves the loss of peripheral, or side, vision.


Tunnel vision causes the loss of clear sight on the sides of the field of vision, while sight in

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