August 2015
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Doctor, What Vitamins Should I Take for My Eyes?



New studies continue to show how nutritional supplements play a role in eye health. In fact, supplements and antioxidants may be one of the best treatments for helping delay the progression of end-stage AMD and the development of cataracts. Because different vitamins and nutrients help with different aspects of eye health, a daily multivitamin may be the best solution. Having a balanced diet or taking vitamins on a regular basis can help boost overall health, which in turn supports eye health. 


Be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any new supplement, to help ensure you get the nutrients you need without taking any single vitamin in excess. For example, too much vitamin A can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Other vitamins, such as vitamin E, come in different forms that not all supplements include. If you decide to take supplements, do not let your healthy diet suffer as a result. Good foods have many other important chemicals and benefits for our bodies and vision.


You can listen to a lecture on preventive nutrition and eye health here.  By Dr. Stewart Richer, courtesy of the lighthouse in chicago.  Dr. Richer is my doctor at the James A Lovell VA Hospital in north Chicago.  




Have You Heard of JAMA Ophthalmology?


The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) includes an ophthalmology division, now known as JAMA Ophthalmology. The sector has strong editorial leadership and publishes new articles online every week and in print each month. The articles include new research and discussions on ophthalmology with ties to neurology, internal medicine, and more. All of the articles are free to read and available online the day of publication. In fact, they can be on the JAMA Network Reader, using the JAMA app. Learn more here: 



Are You Interested in Participating in a Clinical Study?


The National Eye Institute (NEI) regularly posts active studies that need contributors like us! If you are interested in participating, this is the best website for up-to-date and detailed information on upcoming studies. Whether or not you choose to participate, consider bookmarking the NIH's homepage to explore the results of completed studies. Check back often for results that could include profound new findings about your particular eye condition. View the current studies here:



New Low Vision Webpage: Nutrition and the Eyes


I want to continually share important resources and create new content about eye health. The new Low Vision page is all about the correlation between nutrition and vision. It will help you understand how certain nutrients may help protect your vision. It also includes an excellent audio lecture on the topic by Dr. Stuart Richer, a clinician and professor based in Chicago. I am very grateful to the Chicago Lighthouse Rehabilitation Center for letting me post this lecture for your benefit. See the new page here:



Visionary Kitchen Brings Us Another Great Recipe
                  Layered Eggplant 
                     Tomato Bake





4  tsp extra virgin olive oil           1.  Preheat Oven to 375 F.
4 1/4" slices red  about                     lightly oil an 8" by 8"
4" diamater                                        glass baking dish, with 1
1/4 tsp sea salt                                  tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp black pepper                    2.  Base Layer:  4 onion 
8 1/4" slices eggplant, about            slices each drizzled 
4" diamater                                         with 1/4" tsp olive oil.
peeled or unpeeled                      3.   Second Layer: 4 egg
2 tsp balsamic vinegar                      plant slices each dries
8 1/4" slices beefsteak                       led with 1/4 tsp balsam
tomato, about 4"                                 ic vinegar and a pinch
diamater                                              of salt and pepper.
1 garlic clove, minced                  4.  Third Layer: 4 tomato
4 basil leaves,, torn or                       slices each drizzled 
sliced, plus more for                          with 1/4 tsp olive oil,
garnish                                                1/4" clove garlic, and 
1/4 cup parmesan,or                           torn basil.                
romano cheese, grated,               5.   Fourth Layer: 4 egg
                                                              plant slices, each 
                                                              drizzled with 1/4 tsp
                                                              balsamic vinegar. and
                                                              a pinch of salt and 
                                                       6.   Top Layer: 4 tomato
                                                              slices, each drizzled
                                                              with 1/4 tsp olive oil
                                                              and 1 tsp cheese.
                                                       7.    Bake uncovered for 
                                                              50 - 60 minutes.
                                                        8.   Garnish with fresh 

                                                                         SERVES 4 

 Lycopene: 2342,mcg,  
 Lutein + Zeaxanthin: 198mcg
 Omega 3 : 55mcg 





courtesy of Sandra Young, OD

author: Visionary Kitchen: A Cookbook for Eye HealthBooks are available for purchase at and 





NLS BARD Mobile App for Android is Finally Here!


  The National Library Service has recently released the BARD mobile application for Android users. How does it work? The app allows BARD account members to download reading materials directly to their mobile devices for free. Not a Talking Book patron? It is easy to join! The BARD Android app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Learn more about the new app on the Low Vision homepage, or see my personal tips for using the app here: 




A revolutionary project that lets people help to solve your problems.  Something as easy as knowing the color of a shirt, what's in a product, even the price tag.  It's available on IOS  in our  app store and is FREE!   watch this video to understand what it can do for you. Please sign up to help, if you are not available at the time of the request, it's ok, someone else will step in to help.  I can't think of a worthier cause.

my OrCam journey is continuing:

I have received a new sim-card with new updates for the device.  I promise you willbe very pleased with them, especially the voice.It is now crystal clear, at any of the volume device is now adding products which i will be including a How To on my page HERE. 

Have You Considered What Apps Can Help You Do?

Audio books, note takers, eye training exercises, talking readers, and more: did you know there is an app for almost anything you need? Low Vision Apps include these and more, such as navigation tools, money readers, and magnifiers. You can also find label and barcode readers, which are ideal for use at home, in stores, and just about anywhere.


The Apple app store is easy to use, and everything you choose is available for immediate download. See how apps can change your life!


Low Vision Applications

Magnify Glass 32xis a magnifier that helps you read and see applications on your phone better. You can also use the magnifier when you go to the store and need to read a label or view the price on something.  


Low vision applications come in handy and will provide you with the extra vision that you need to easily be able to see the important things.

Get Your Life Back Today
Start feeling better about yourself and using devices and programs to help you see better. You will feel more confident and you will be able to be more independent. Being able to rely on yourself once again is a huge feat and accomplishing daily activities is one step in the right direction.


Richard Slinde

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