Vision loss from macular degeneration takes some of the pleasure out of a person's life. Last week I had a patient with macular degeneration who had several boxes of old letters that she wanted to read but couldn't. The letters were written in the 1920s between her father and mother. At the time her mother was in West Virginia and her father had to be in Arizona. They were writing daily to each other. The patient, her son and I got a bit choked up when she was able to read them.
I prescribed an electronic hand magnifier with a 12 inch screen that was just what she needed. She plans to read all of the letters with the magnifier. She can't wait to receive it.