Bullseye Board for Macular Degeneration

Hi there!

Bullseye Board is a practice tool for people with macular degeneration. It will help them to maximize the time they spend practicing to use their peripheral vision to compensate for vision loss.

Below is everything you need to make a Bullseye Board and instructions on how to help your loved one/patient use it effectively. The build is extremely easy and should take no more than half an hour.

Here’s what you are going to need:

· 1 piece of foam core (like this board which is available from Michaels: http://www.michaels.com/elmers-foam-board-white/1...

· Exacto knife

· Cutting mat

· Scissors

· Glue stick

· Hot glue

· Yard stick (and metal straight edge if yard stick is not metal)

· Card stock print outs of the wheel pdf for which ever font size(s) you wish to use

· Paper print out of eye board pdf

If you have any questions please email me at bullseyeboard@gmail.com. I would also love to see picture of you and your loved one with your completed practice board.

This design was developed as part of the University of Pittsburgh’s X-projects program and was inspired by my grandpa who has macular degeneration. Special thinks to Brandon Barber for his mentorship and Sean O'Brien for the photography.

Step 1: Step 1: Print and Cut Out

Print out the “wheels” PDF file on cardstock. Print

out the “templates” PDF in color on printer paper.

Cut out along the black outside lines as instructed on the wheel and template sheets. For the triangle supports do not cut the dotted line yet (you should have a square).

Step 2: Step : Put Wheels Together

Apply glue stick to the area of part 1 between the

left edge and the dotted line. Overlay part two so that its right edge lines up with the dotted line on part one. Smooth out any wrinkles and let dry.

The blank wheel is for you to create your own word or letter wheel.

Step 3: Step 3: Measure and Cut Out Structure, Layout Templates

Starting in the bottom right hand corner of your

foam sheet, draw two 13.5in by 13.5in squares using your yard stick. Cut these out using a metal straight edge as a guide for your blade. Cut over a mat.

Using a glue stick, glue the support triangles and both parts of the wheel holder template to the remainder of your foam sheet. Glue the wheel holder parts down so that they form a half circle.

***When your cutting foam core, you want to cut through in three passes. The first cut is through the top layer of paper. The second is through the foam middle layer. The final cut is through the bottom layer of paper. If this is your first time using foam core, do a few practice cuts to get a feel for it. If you want more instruction, there are great how to videos on youtube.

Step 4: Step 4: Add Front Graphics

Glue the four quarters of the target graphic onto

one of the foam core squares so that the quarters form a full circle.

Cut out the middle square using an exacto knife. Make sure that you are cutting over a cutting mat.

Step 5: Step 5: Cut and Glue Wheel Holder

Cut out wheel holder along black outline. For this

cut you are cutting through both them template and the foam board. Again, cut over a mat.

Line the wheel holder up on the back of the foam core sheet with the target graphic so that the arrows line up with the corners of the square hole. Hot glue the two wheel holder pieces in place.

Step 6: Step 6: Attach Back Foam Sheet

Lay the remaining foam core square on top of the wheel holder and line it up with the first foam core square. Hot glue it into place.

Step 7: Step 7: Cut Out and Attach Triangle Support

Using an exacto knife, cut out the triangle supports

(this time cut along both the solid outline and the dotted line). I am sure you know the drill by now, but make sure you are cutting over your mat.

Attach the triangles using hot glue so that one side is flush with the table and the word “top” is (surprise) at the top. Place the triangles close to the vertical edges for stability.

You are all done! Congrats! Check out the “How to Use” PDF for tips on how to get the most out of your eye board.

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    nlb40

    7 weeks ago

    Very cool! I think this has the potential to help a lot of people. Thank you for the clear instructions and photography, you clearly put a lot of time into this one. Great work and good luck with your future projects!

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    seamster

    7 weeks ago

    It's really nice to see projects like this. Thank you for taking the time to document and share the steps to make this.

    A tiny tip: tweaking the title to say "Bullseye Board for Macular Degeneration" or something similar, would be helpful for readers to know what to expect before clicking. This is an excellent tutorial though, don't get me wrong! ; )

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    emmygraceseamster

    Reply 7 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for your comments and suggestion! That's a great idea and I adjusted the title.