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Book and Software Review
March 2001

The Hole in My Vision: An Artist's View of His Own Macular Degeneration

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by Lee Allen, H. Stanley Thompson, MD, and James C. Folk, MD, 96 pp, with illus, $49.95, ISBN 1-57216-085-3, Iowa City, Iowa, Penfield Press, 2000.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(3):460-461. doi:

In recent years, we have seen an explosion in our understanding of age-related macular degeneration. Diagnostic techniques have become more refined and more available. Treatment options have widened with the introduction of microsurgical techniques and photodynamic lasers. More importantly, the molecular basis of the disease is being studied, allowing physicians to contemplate the possibilities of preventing the disease in the first place. But even with these varied avenues of progress, the role of the subjective impressions of the patient remains important. Most ophthalmologists treating patients with age-related macular degeneration stress the role of patient self-monitoring; usually with the Amsler grid. Lee Allen has taken this concept much further with this book, which is essentially a collection of black-and-white and color drawings of his own macular dysfunction. Beginning with the onset of drusen and proceeding through the development of choroidal neovascularization and laser treatments, Allen meticulously and beautifully documents his view of his condition. Various methods of inducing entopic images allowed Allen to track his condition and produce these unusual and striking images.

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