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Guides Newsletter (2019) 24 (1): 3–14.
Published: 01 January 2019
... of disturbances of the nervous system, divided for discussion here into four parts—the central nervous system (CNS), the peripheral nervous system, vision, and hearing—and offers guidance in using the AMA Guides, Fifth and Sixth Editions, in a variety of specific disorders within each group. For...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (1): 9–17.
Published: 01 January 2021
...Daniel C. Schainholz, MD, MPH The assessment of visual impairment using the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment (AMA Guides), Fifth Edition, requires a thoughtful ophthalmologic evaluation and careful application of the functional vision tests and arithmetic criteria provided in...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (6): 14–15.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Lee H. Ensalada, MD, MPH Symptom validity testing (SVT), also known as forced-choice testing, is a means of assessing the validity of sensory and memory deficits, including tactile anesthesias, paresthesias, blindness, color blindness, tunnel vision, blurry vision, and deafness. The common feature...
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Guides Newsletter (2001) 6 (5): 5–7, 10.
Published: 01 September 2001
... certain types of visual loss on the ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs). Permanent visual impairment is defined as a permanent loss of vision that remains after a patient reaches maximal medical improvement in the underlying medical condition. To assess vision loss, physicians must...
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (2): 3–12.
Published: 01 March 2021
... headaches, vision changes, hearing loss, loss of taste or smell, impaired mobility, numbness in extremities, tremors, myalgia, memory loss, cognitive impairment, and mood changes for up to 3 months after diagnosis of COVID-19. 15 , 16 Huang reported on the persistence of these and other symptoms at 6...
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Calculation of the Impairment Rating for the Visual System    Note that the...
Published: 01 January 2021
TABLE 1. Calculation of the Impairment Rating for the Visual System Note that the prefix visual is used when the score refers to each eye. The prefix functional refers to the estimated performance of the individual. The term vision score combines visual acuity and visual field estimates More
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Guides Newsletter (2021) 26 (1): 18.
Published: 01 January 2021
... to suspect visual field loss, the FFS [functional field score] may be assumed to be 100. In this case, the FVS [functional vision score] is the same as the FAS [functional acuity score], and the impairment rating for the visual system is the same as the impairment rating for the visual acuity loss...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (6): 7–11.
Published: 01 November 2011
... how to perform visual acuity calculations and how to assess impairment of visual fields, including visual field test procedures and calculations. Additional factors can lead to a loss of functional vision and can limit the individual's ability to perform activities of daily living and include contrast...
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Guides Newsletter (2011) 16 (6): 1–6.
Published: 01 November 2011
...August Colenbrander, MD The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment ( AMA Guides ) used the Snell Visual Efficiency Scale (1925). Following scientific progress, the Vision chapter in the fifth and sixth editions of the AMA Guides began using the Functional Vision Score (FVS) that is...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (5): 3–11.
Published: 01 September 2020
... to 82% WPI (impairment rating of the visual system [VSI] of 90 converts to 78 and 100 converts to 85). Per Table 12-10, Classification of Impairment of the Visual System and of the Whole Person (5th ed, 307), this is class 4, “(Near-) Total Vision Loss.” Accordingly, this individual's visual...
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Guides Newsletter (2020) 25 (2): 3–8.
Published: 01 March 2020
... NSW Workers Compensation Guidelines for the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. Fifth Edition is not used for psychiatric and psychological disorders, chronic pain, visual or hearing injuries. PIRS is used for psychological and psychiatric conditions. Fourth Edition used for vision. MVA 4 Used...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (3): 10–13.
Published: 01 May 2018
... without cutaneous disorder (eg, depressed cheek, nasal, or frontal bones) Facial abnormality involves absence of normal anatomic part or area of face, such as loss of eye or loss of part of nose, with resulting cosmetic deformity; combine with any functional loss, eg, vision (Chapter 12) or...
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Guides Newsletter (2018) 23 (2): 3–8.
Published: 01 March 2018
... hand or foot. (16) Binocular vision or per centum of vision: Compensation for loss of binocular vision or for 80 per centum or more of the vision of an eye shall be the same as for loss of the eye. (17) Two or more digits: Compensation for loss of two or more digits, or one or more phalanges of...
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Guides Newsletter (2017) 22 (1): 3–10.
Published: 01 January 2017
... significance (eg, all of the following were documented for the 1990s or earlier: recurrent seizures over decades, incoordination, inability to relax muscles, numbness, loss of control of fingers, blurred vision, headaches). Sleep apnea issues (a risk factor for neuropsycho-logical impairment). History of...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (6): 5–11.
Published: 01 November 2016
... bending with flexion at both waist and knees Vision Perception of light to distinguish objects through near acuity, far acuity, depth perception, accommodation, color vision and field of vision Walking Horizontal motion using feet Crawling Horizontal motion with propulsion using hands and knee...
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Guides Newsletter (2009) 14 (6): 9–10.
Published: 01 November 2009
... Sixth Editions are based on the estimated impact on the ability to perform Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). This estimate is based on measured visual acuity and visual field with a possible allowance of maximum 15 points for other factors affecting vision. Since visual acuity and visual field can...
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Guides Newsletter (2016) 21 (2): 3–8.
Published: 01 March 2016
... administered within 24 hours after sildenafil dosing. Because of the cross-reactivity of sildenafil and vardenafil with PDE6 receptors, patients should be counseled about color changes in vision (chromatopsia), increased sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. These visual affects are not seen with tadalafil...
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Guides Newsletter (2010) 15 (5): 1–11.
Published: 01 September 2010
... loss of body parts, loss of hearing or vision, loss of function of bodily organs, lung impairment, and impairments in other organs. Member Weeks Breast (one) 52 Kidney (one) 156 Larynx 160 Lung (one) 156 Penis 205 Testicle (one) 52 Tongue 160 Ovary (one) 52...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (3): 6–10.
Published: 01 May 2015
... states: If persons with a high earning capacity can return to work at all after becoming blind, they do so, almost without exception, at a much lower salary, and continue to suffer an adverse impact on their earning power. Moreover, working in a society adapted to vision entails extra costs for...
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Guides Newsletter (2015) 20 (1): 3–8.
Published: 01 January 2015
... left eye is 20/15 and with the right eye is 20/20, so the right eye must be impaired because its vision is not as good as the left eye's. Second, “inching” studies in which the examiner attempts to stimulate 1-cm or 2-cm segments of a nerve are not sufficient to permit a diagnosis of an entrapment...