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Transcript: "Living with Macular Degeneration"

Announcer: Herb has a low vision condition called macular degeneration, which means that he can't see things in the center of his field of vision. Herb can't drive anymore, but he still likes to take care of the car for his wife.

Herb: One of the most traumatic experiences for me was giving up my license. I drove all my life. I drove cars, I drove trucks, I drove tractor-trailer, and for me to give up my license was like taking my -- cutting my arms off. It was worse.

Announcer: When Herb finally went to a low vision specialist, he found out about closed-circuit televisions that helped him to read again.

Herb: I'll never forget the day down at low vision, the nurse there, she said, "I want to show you something." She handed me her business card, and she said, "I know you can't see it. I want to show you something." She took over to a machine, she said, "Sit down." She put the card down, put the machine on, and I could see everything on that business card, and it has totally changed my life! Totally changed my life! It was very important to me to be able, and still is, to be able to stand on my own two feet. I use it every day of my life now, and I'm able to read the tire gauge under the machine. I can't read it otherwise. I'm able to do these things with that machine. I'm able to read everything. There isn't anything I can't read.

Announcer: A low vision specialist also prescribed different pairs of glasses for Herb. He uses one pair to make phone calls and watch TV, and another pair to look at family photos.

Herb: And I use them because if not, I couldn't really see pictures with -- with this, I can. I can focus in and I can see the big cutter.

Announcer: Herb uses another pair of glasses to help him write.

Herb: I couldn't do that before. Now I can. I got help from low vision, and I believe they have something to offer every person.

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