Enabled

Weekly half-hour program, Mondays at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on WXXI Reachout Radio

Enabled is a weekly program designed to help you be confident in saying “I can!”  The program takes a deep look into services, products and issues affecting people with vision loss. Topics are broad in scope, covering such things as adaptive technology; preferred language; election rights; audio description; vision loss & art history; visual hallucinations; the latest information & research on eye disease and even daily living products that can make your life easier.

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Dry eye syndrome does not cause blindness, but it can cause major discomfort. In this program you will better understand the symptoms, causes, risk factors and treatments for dry eye syndrome. One of the causes, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, will also be explained.

The month of November is National Family Caregivers Month. If you are either  a caregiver or a care receiver, this program will have information of use to you.

To help you understand glaucoma, this week's program will bring you information about medications and side effects, vitamins and nutrition as well as several kinds of surgery.

News from your utility company arrives monthly via bill inserts. These messages from several months have been combined in this program to bring you up to date on what's new in the world of power, both electrical and natural gas.

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All questions, no answers. That’s what this week’s program is all about. What should you ask your doctor about Lasik surgery, glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts.  There will also be a short section about questions your doctor might ask you.

A recent supplement that came with the Sunday newspaper provides good information about Vision Health. You'll hear about tips from an

optometrist, dietary supplements, ideas for coping with ARMD and the efforts of a Denver Broncos' linebacker to help kids with vision problems.

As many as 50% of people who are blind experience trouble sleeping because they cannot respond to the light and dark around them. A serious sleep disorder called Non-24 Sleep Wake Disorder may be the cause.

This program will bring you information about this condition and will explain treatments that are available.

In this program, I will share personal observations as I traveled through Germany and Czech Republic. Cities visited were Wittenberg, Dresden and Prague.

You are probably familiar with the medical term "edema." In general, it just means "swelling." But in this program you will hear about a specialized kind of edema that occurs in the eye, Macular Edema. It is closely related to diabetic macular edema as well as to diabetic retinopathy.

If you have a child who is blind, the decision of where to send the child to school is a difficult one: public school or a special school for the blind? This  program will tell you about two  4th grade girls who are blind, one who is attending public school and the other who decided to switch from a public school to a school for the blind.

There is a sport for

everyone, even for those people who are blind. You'll hear a transcript of a TED talk titled How Argentina's Blind Soccer Team Became Champions. You'll also hear about the Paralympics, going on right now in Rio.

Refractive errors are quite common in people of all ages. This program will sort out the kinds of refractive errors and the many ways that are available to correct them. You'll hear about LASIK, LASEK, PRK, IOLs, eyeglasses and contact lenses.

In this program you'll be hearing about some awesome fictional characters who are blind. The books that are included range all the way from current best sellers to a classic novel for young adults from the 1960's.

Technology is changing rapidly and people who are visually impaired often feel they are being left behind. Articles in this program will bring you up to date on what the big tech companies are doing to make their products more accessible. You'll hear about Facebook, Netflix,

Apple and Sony among others.

In the recent Summer Olympics in Rio, some members of the American Women's Eight Rowing Team experienced temporary blindness after one of their matches. In this program you'll hear articles about this condition, more formally called amaurosis fugax and caused by extreme exercise.

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