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UFOV: The Useful Field of View Test
The Useful Field of View (UFOV) is defined as the area from which one can extract visual information in a brief glance without head or eye movements. The limits of this area are reduced by poor vision, difficulty dividing attention and/or ignoring distraction and slower processing ability. UFOV researchers have defined cognitive impairment as a 40% reduction in the Useful Field of View, and it is the point at which the risk of crashing increases significantly.
The Low Vision Centers of Indiana have served as beta test sites for the UFOV test. UFOV is supported by sixteen years of research by, Karlene Ball, PhD. and Daniel Roenker, PhD. UFOV has received over 25 million dollars in research funds from the National Institute of Health and other agencies. It has been the subject of numerous scientific studies, which have demonstrated that UFOV has a high correlation to crash risk. It is particular sensitive to cognitive impairments of early Alzheimer’s and acquired brain injury.
Jordy II Adds New Docking Station
Enhanced Vision Systems has released an amazing new docking station stand for the Jordy II. The new stand includes a light, lockable table and a docking station connection similar to a computer docking station. Sliding in the control unit into the docking unit connects both the power and the video connection. This will make it easier for Jordy II users to remove and reconnect their systems. When worn on the head, the Jordy can have up to 25X magnification. In the docking station connected to a television, the total magnification is limited only by the size of the television. It can easily obtain over 70X magnification on 25–27 inch television set. For more information please contact any of our offices.
Eye and Auto International Meeting
Drs. Richard and Laura Windsor attended the Eye and Auto International Symposium at Daimler Chrysler in Auburn Hills Michigan. The world’s experts in vision and driving met for three days to present the latest research in this area. The discussions covered a range of topics from safety features in cars, driver testing, bioptic driving to new tests to predict crash risk like the Useful Field of View. Drs. Richard and Laura Windsor will be presenting a two hour program on vision and driving at the Indiana Optometric Association’s Fall Seminar in October.
Recently Published Articles
Drs. Richard and Laura Windsor collaborated to publish two articles. The first is “Understanding Stargardt’s Disease”, which was the seventh in a series of articles being written for Vision Enhancement Journal. Each article in the series highlights the low vision aspects of a different ocular condition. These articles are written for the layperson and help explain the various visual problems the patients may encounter.
Other articles in the series by the Windsors include “Understanding Retinitis Pigmentosa”, “Albinism: Low Vision Considerations”, “Understanding Nystagmus”, “The Many Visual Problems of Macular Degeneration”, “Common Visual Problems of Ocular Histoplasmosis Syndrome”, and “Common Vision Problems from Stroke or Traumatic Brain Injury.” If you would like a copy of any of these articles, please contact any of our offices.
Additionally, “An Introduction to Low Vision,” was the lead article published in the spring issue of Rehab Professional Journal. Drs. Richard and Laura Windsor are also currently working on a book on rehabilitation of the macular degeneration patient and a book chapter on the low vision considerations in head injury.
New Redesigned Jordy II Arrives At Our Low Vision Centers
The Jordy II has arrived at the Low Vision Centers of Indiana. We were one of the first practices in the country to receive the recently redesigned system. The Jordy II was introduced on CBS Good Morning America a few weeks ago. The new system is lighter and compact, and this autofocusing system allows up to 25X magnification when worn. The Jordy can be headborne for doing projects at intermediate distances like sewing, painting and repairing items. It can be used for watching programs, viewing chalkboards and seeing loved ones at a distance.
The Jordy can be placed in a stand and used as a conventional color or black and white CCTV system for reading and writing as well. Through our experiences with the original Jordy, this is the one of the only systems that has been a great benefit to our profound visually impaired patients.
Diabetic Low Vision Protocols
Specific Functional Needs of the Diabetic Visually impaired diabetics have specific functional needs that must be addressed in the low vision examination. Many of these are crucial to their health and safety. Diabetics must see to fill insulin syringes and take oral medications. They need to see to test their blood sugar and to read labels on food containers to monitor their intake of carbohydrates. Diabetics may have neuropathies affecting their feet. If patients are unable to see to examine their feet and toes, care by their physician, podiatrist or family may be needed to monitor the health of their feet.
The Diabetic Low Vision Protocols We utilize a set of Diabetic Low Vision Protocols developed at the Low Vision Clinic at John Hopkins to evaluate the functional vision of each diabetic patient.
Diabetic Low Vision Protocols
Vision or Adaptive Steps to Address During the Low Vision Exam:
Seeing to fill insulin syringes
Reading labels on medication bottles
Seeing to test blood sugar
Reading food nutritional labels
Seeing to perform foot care
Decreasing Glare (Especially Post Laser)
Testing for adequate visual field for night driving (Post Laser)
Educating on vision changes due to blood sugar fluctuations
Increasing awareness of decreased contrast sensitivity
Glare and Loss of Contrast Sensitivity Glare and loss of contrast sensitivity may become problems in patients with diabetic retinopathy, especially after pan-retinal photocoagulation. Laser is crucial to saving the vision of diabetic, but patients often complain of a "fuzzy glare" after laser, which responds well to light amber filters. Because many diabetics experience color vision loss along the yellow-blue axis, they are able to benefit from the contrast enhancement of amber filters with less awareness of the yellow-amber color than those with normal color vision. Safety in night driving must also be addressed due to reduced side vision after PRP laser.
Low Vision Aids and Adaptive Devices From simple magnifiers to closed circuit television systems, a wide range of low vision aids are available to aid the visually impaired diabetic. In addition to low vision aids, a number of adaptive devices may aid the visually impaired diabetic. These include talking glucometers, needle funnel guides to aid in inserting the needle in the insulin bottle and automatic insulin loaders.
Our Work Hemianopsia Patient Care Featured on Breakthroughs in Science
Our work with hemianoptic patients using the Gottlieb Visual Field Awareness System was recently featured on Breakthroughs in Science, a television science segment developed in cooperation with the American Institute of Physics. Dr Windsor’s work with a young Indianapolis stroke patient was presented. This video is being shown around the United States as a part of the evening news. We also have an eleven-minute video created by our group that explains more thoroughly our approach in the care of hemianoptic patients. If you would like a copy of the video segment or our own video on hemianoptic rehabilitation, contact any of our offices.
New 3,000 sq ft Low Vision Center Being Built in Fort Wayne
Low Vision Center of Fort Wayne has expanded into a new 3,000 squarer foot facility near are present office at Constitution Hill in Fort Wayne. The new facility include a new center devoted to vision and driving evaluations, a new pediatric low vision examination room and a new state of the art technology center.
First to Receive Jordy
The Low Vision Center of Indiana was the first low vision center in the World to receive the new Jordy The All in One Low Vision System developed by Enhanced Vision Systems. Jordy was featured in September on Good Morning America
This revolutionary new low vision aid combined the advantages of a head worn system with up to 44 degree field of view while also functioning as a full color CCTV system. The Jordy uses advanced video technology to provide an amazing new image of the world for partially-sighted patients. Jordy can travel with you to work or play. The view can switch from full color to white on black or black on white.
To learn more about Jordy click here . To learn about one of our first patient's CBS News broadcast.
Please feel free to e-mail to learn how you can experience Jordy.
Low Vision Center of Indianapolis Opens
We are pleased to announce the opening of the Low Vision Center of Indianapolis, a state of the art facility to assist low vision patients and stroke/head injury patients with visual problems. The Low Vision Center of Indianapolis has been created by The Eye Associates Group, LLC., R. Lewis Scott, O.D., Richard L. Windsor, O.D., Craig Allen Ford, O.D. and Todd J. Fettig, O.D. Our practice was founded 104 years ago in Hartford City. Today, our Low Vision Centers are located in Marion, Fort Wayne, Hartford City and Union City.
Our new center is located at 9002 North Meridian Street in Suite 208 at the Price Whitson Vision Group. We are located just a few blocks south of Interstate 465 on Meridian Street at the intersection of 91st Street. Our telephone number is (317) 844-0919. Our fax number is (317) 844-3231, and e-mail address is email@example.com . Our office is open Monday through Friday. We see only low vision patients and patients with visual problems related to brain injury. We want the Low Vision Center of Indianapolis to be a national model for vision rehabilitation.
The Low Vision Gateway Goes Online
The Low Vision Gateway is designed to serve as an entry point to nearly all the low vision and blindness resources on the World Wide Web. It is a wonderful resource for patients, family and professionals. The site is open to the public and thousands of people from around the world visit our site each week. The Low Vision Gateway was developed by Dr. Richard Windsor, Lucas Windsor of Windsor Web Design and Laura Windsor, optometry student at Indiana University School of Optometry.
http://www.lowvision.org The Low Vision Gateway to the Internet
Mildred, A Very Special Patient at Age 102
In 1974, Dr. Windsor prescribed a Designs for Vision Type R microscopic bifocal to allow Mildred, a macular degeneration patient, to read again. Twenty-six years later at age 102, Mildred still reads with a Type R microscope. Dr. Windsor has refit her to higher power systems about every five years, but has been able to keep Mildred reading for twenty-four years.
Mildred at Age 102
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