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WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) — The first time Doug Oliver realized just how devastatingly fast his macular degeneration had progressed was during a family road trip to New Hampshire 10 years ago.

“I almost hit two pedestrians in a crosswalk,” recalled Oliver, 54. “I basically denied that I did not see them, but I knew that I hadn’t seen them.”

A police officer witnessed the near miss, handed the driver a $500 fine and said, “Mr. Oliver, you have a serious vision problem and you need to go see your doctor now.”