Henry Greene: When individuals first notice vision problems from macular degeneration they often complain of difficulty with reading and that’s to be expected because that’s the first thing that is impacted by loss of central vision. We’re all familiar with using magnifiers or strong reading glasses or sometimes even electronic magnification systems in order to help us read. While reading is a frequent concern for folks who have had trouble with central vision loss, reading is one of the easiest things to replace non-visually. We can get books on tape, we can listen to the radio or the television, we can have friends and family read for us. But what we can’t see through other’s eyes is our grandchildren, our friends and family, the world around us, bus signs or even being able to cross the street. That’s why it’s so important for us to find ways to improve distance vision. Distance vision should be considered a social activity and when we lose the ability to connect to people because of our vision, it leads to isolation, depression and impacts quality of life in ways that loss of reading vision may not. That’s why it’s so important for us to find ways to impact and improve one’s ability to see at a distance.