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Bridge players with Macular Degeneration

Some people are very dedicated to playing Bridge.  They enjoy the challenges, the competition and the social contact that the game provides.  If they begin to lose vision from Macular Degeneration or other condition it becomes difficult to continue playing the game.

There are several things that can help:

1. Large index cards.  These have larger numbers and suit symbols than regular cards and are easier to read in your hand and on the table.

2. Good lighting helps.  I recommend placing a light on the table.  A battery operated OttLite is an excellent choice.  Position it so it illuminates cards in your hand as well as on the table.  A hand held light is also a helpful possibility.

3. A low vision optometrist like myself can prescribe special telescopic glasses modified to help at the bridge table.

The most important thing to remember is that you should not give up on Bridge.  If it's important to you try the advice above but don't give up.

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