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Bernard Landou’s Legacy of Service

May 30, 2022

Bernard Landou’s Legacy of Service

We pay tribute to our longtime colleague and friend, Bernie Landou, who passed away at age 90. He was a veteran of the United States Military and served in the Korean War. He spent several decades working professionally in the business of public relations and enjoyed recounting his legendary assignments and encounters with celebrities. Upon retirement he indulged his love for fine cuisine by attending the French Culinary Institute in New York. He enjoyed sharing his skills to impress friends and family and went on to teach inmates at the Rikers Island Correctional Facility, to cook. 

Bernie was affected by age-related macular degeneration and rose to the challenges of vision loss, with the support of his partner of 50 years, Dick Leonard. He became a volunteer with the Association for Macular Diseases at Manhattan Eye & Ear Hospital. He answered phone inquiries and requests for information and contributed to the quarterly Eyes Only Newsletter. He loved helping others with useful tips for daily living and low vision friendly recipes. His volunteer service, with the Association, led him to assume the role of Editor for the newsletter in 2007, then President of our Board of Directors in 2017. 

Bernie Landou at 85 and as a young man in the US Military.
Bernie Landou at 85 and as a young man in the US Military.

We applaud Bernie Landou for his years of enthusiastic service to people with macular diseases and low vision, as he found his own way with increasing vision loss. He possessed a sharp wit and a special gift for stating the obvious. He pointed out, as we were about to launch this website in partnership with Ophthalmic Edge, that “nobody knows how to spell Ophthalmic,” and he was right. We shortened our website name to “OE Patients” to resolve that conundrum. Thanks Bernie!

Here are 6 of Bernie’s articles, originally written for Eyes Only, now published on OE.

Choice Magazine Listening
Choice Magazine Listening

Choice Magazine Listening

A precursor to audible magazines, established in 1962 for people with vision loss.

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Ophthalmologist examining a patient's eye.
Ophthalmologist examining a patient’s eye

Charles Bonet Syndrome 

Advancing vision loss somethings causes pleasant visual hallucinations. 

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AutoDrop is a Real Eye Opener 
AutoDrop is a Real Eye Opener 

AutoDrop is a Real Eye Opener 

An easy solution for getting the drops in you eye.

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A stand lamp with the light on in a dark living room.
A stand lamp with the light on in a dark living room.

Home Safety & Light Checkup

Good solid advice to keep your home low vision safe.

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Portrait of a smiling family with two children at beach in the car. Holiday and travel concept
Portrait of a smiling family with two children at
beach in the car. Holiday and travel concept.

Keep the Sun Out of Your Eyes

Protecting your eyes from the damming sun has never been more important. 

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GATEWAVE RADIO AUDIO FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING
GateWave Radio Audio for Independent Living

GateWave Radio Audio for Independent Living

Radio programming specifically for a visually impaired audience. 

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About the Author: Dorrie Rush

Dorrie Rush is the Chief Content Officer and Visual Accessibility Expert at Ophthalmic Edge Patients (OE Patients), an online resource, presented by the Association for Macular Diseases, providing practical information and empowering advice for living a full and successful life with vision loss.

She is the former Director of the Grunwald Technology Center and Information Resource Service at Lighthouse International 2001 to 2016. Dorrie is known to have an eccentric view, which is particularly useful in compensating for her central vision loss from Stargardt Disease.

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