Being a Savvy Consumer, and More on Vision Concerns
Annotation:National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health - Important questions to ask your doctor about your eye condition.
Annotation:National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health - Links to organizations that offer assistance with examinations, surgery, drugs, and eyeglasses.
Annotation:EyeCareAmerica, Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology - Facilitates access to medical eye care: eye exams and up to one year of care can be provided to US citizens and legal residents within the Continental U.S, Hawaii and Puerto Rico through volunteer ophthalmologists (Eye MDs) often at no out-of-pocket cost to those who qualify. The web site provides information in Spanish and Chinese
Annotation:EyeCareAmerica, Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology - An online directory of pharmaceutical assistance programs for eye medications. Warning that directory may not be complete, and that assistance depends on the pharmaceutical company willingness to sustain the programs.
Annotation:Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - A summary of California Medicare benefits specifically for the Treatment of Macular Degeneration.
Annotation:MedlinePlus and A.D.A.M. - Some questions you may want to ask your doctor or nurse to help you take care of your eye, before and after surgery.
Annotation:Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - A summary of California Medicare benefits specifically for eye care after Cataract surgery.
Annotation:National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse - This site discusses common vision problems which may accompany diabetes and how to prevent them, including having a regular examination by an eye care professional.
Annotation:Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - This 30-page booklet covers what’s covered, what’s not, tips on staying healthy and where to get more information. Page 20 covers eye care.
Annotation:The Glaucoma Foundation - A comprehensive guide for glaucoma patients and their families.
Annotation:Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - A summary of California Medicare benefits specifically for Glaucoma Screening.
Annotation:Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - A comprehensive booklet describing Medicare coverage for preventive services. Page 23 of the current edition covers glaucoma screening.
Annotation:Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - A guide on ways to comply with the American with Disabilities Act in accommodating employees with hearing loss. JAN is a service of the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy.
Annotation:American Foundation for the Blind - Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 requires cell phones and phone services to be designed to be accessible for people with disabilities. Many cell phone manufacturers and carriers may still not take seriously this obligation. Includes a video on the law, and further information on cell phone selection.
Annotation:MedlinePlus - Comprehensive reference resources including links to clinical trial information, journal articles, and directories of eye care providers.
Annotation:Health information and resources for vision conditions. Some information is also available in Spanish.
Annotation:EyeCareAmerica, Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology - An annotated listing of organizations and web links.
Annotation:National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health - A comprehensive, annotated list of organizations involved in eye health and vision care support, with addresses and web links.
Annotation:An online source of information and support for people with age-related macular degeneration and other macular diseases.
Annotation:Authoritative glaucoma resources and ways to get involved. The San Francisco Chapter of the Foundation <http://www.glaucomafoundation.org/san-francisco-chapter.htm> meets in Palo Alto.
Annotation:Located in Auburn, CA, this store specializes in audio versions of books with over 10,000 in stock, covering all subjects. A free catalog is available.
Annotation:Based in San Jose, this organization lends recorded books free of charge. Verification of visual impairment or disability is required.
Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Suggestions regarding the safe use of medicines, including questions to ask your doctor, and tips on how to cut medicine costs. Check out the whole section of the FDA website devoted to consumers for other useful articles and resources, including how to report a bad reaction to a medicine, and how to protect yourself from health fraud.
Annotation:SeniorNet and Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher - Doctors and patients can sometimes be on different wavelengths. This article provides practical tips on how to prepare for an effective medical appointment.
Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - Tips for finding reliable health information.
Annotation:Medline Plus - Excellent guidelines for evaluating web resources for the consumer.
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