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Book and Software Review
June 2007

The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed

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by Daniel L. Roberts, 330 pp, with illus, $15.95, ISBN 1-56924-286-0, New York, NY, Marlowe & Co, 2006.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(6):858-859. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.6.858-b

For patients experiencing recent onset of vision loss from macular degeneration, there are usually more questions than answers. When there are answers, usually they are not what the patient wants to hear and frequently lead to more questions.

For the physician seeking to provide optimal care for untreatable age-related macular degeneration (AMD), information and compassion are among the best tools. In an ideal world, the physician would be able to sit and answer all the questions that a patient has. When that is not possible, physicians and patients may turn to literature the field has to offer.

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