Blindness news


So you've been noticing that your vision isn't what it used to be, so you go to the ophthalmologist and he diagnoses it as FCED, Fuch's corneal endothelial dystrophy, a very rare eye disease with no known cause, that eventually will take your sight.

If your new oven, microwave, dishwasher or washing machine is frustrating you because you can't access the flat-screen digital controls, help is on the way.

Anne DeWitte of Tangible Surface Research, LLC worked in collaboration with RIT design students and ABVI to research tactile overlays for home appliances.  Two products were a result of this research - clear tactile overlays and tactile stickers.  With these products you can identify the location AND function of a digital control on your home appliance.

The National Eye Institute of the National Institute of Health is offering these tips to living a lifestyle for health vision. 

Have a regular comprehensive dilated eye exam.

National Eye Institute - NIH

Did you know that nearly 2 million Americans suffer from Age-Related Macular Degeneration? There are currently more than 40 million people age 65 and older in the United States, and that number is expected to double by 2050. As people age, their risk increases for eye diseases and conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, dry eye, glaucoma, and low vision.

Learn more about age-related macular degeneration.

What are you doing to protect your vision?

May 5, 2017

May is Healthy Vision Month and WXXI Reachout Radio wants to remind you that keeping your vision healthy allows you to see and enjoy all that the world and your life has to offer.

Did you know that people with diabetes have a higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, cataracts or glaucoma? 

Learn more about diabetic eye disease.

Vision loss due to stroke or brain trauma

May 1, 2017

If you've had a stroke or some other brain injury, you may have noticed changes in your vision - particularly on one side or the other.  Although there are multiple possibilities, we just learned about this one - homonymous hemianopsia, which is the loss of half of the field of view on the same side in both eyes. It generally happens when the optic nerve communication to the brain is interrupted.  You can read more about this and watch a video that explains it all here.

New Health Guide

So you see something floating around in your field of vision, and the doctor refers to "Floaters."  What does he mean by this, and what does that mean for your vision?  Dr. Mrinali Patel Gupta answers this and many other questions in an article for AFB's VisionAware about Retinal detachment, floaters, Retinal tears, what you should ask, what you should do, and when it might be appropriate for surgery.

Here's another site with additional information.  Read and research all you can.  Be an informed patient.


The American Foundation for the Blind's website has a section for Everyday Living.  This month, author Steven Kelley share information on how apps and accessible technology have changed what it means to read for book lovers with vision loss.  Read the full article.

One day while watching the Ellen Degeneres Show, I stumbled upon two guests which captivated me.  Bryan and Bradford Manning are brothers born with a degenerative retinal eye disease that will one day, leave them blind. 

Foundation Fighting Blindness

Experts gathered at the Foundation Fighting Blindness to discuss the current state of therapy, challenges and opportunities in the treatment of Stargardt Disease, an inherited juvenile form of macular degeneration.  The group included research experts as well as physicians and individuals versed in the pharmaceutical industry and developments.  Information was presented on drug development and clinical trials.  

Learn more here.


Have you ever wanted to check your email or surf the web on the go? MagWin USB, a truly portable screen reading option, gives you access at a hotel, public library, school, even a friends or family members computer.

MagWin is one of the only screen magnifiers that is completely portable by offering a handy USB. Now you can operate your magnifier anywhere, anytime, on any system you need when you need it with the handy USB stick. No restrictions on public computers against granting rights.

The internet changes how we Watch Television

Feb 7, 2017

The internet has totally changed how people watch television programs, and smart TVs and streaming apps are making a whole new world available for people with vision loss.

Both the Apple TV and Amazon's Fire TV are accessible and include text-to-speech to enable complete access to the menus.

Roku is rolling out an update to their software on many devices, which will include a new screen reader, called "Audio Guide."

And at the rate technology is changing, the technology and apps we know today will probably be more advanced or updated even tomorrow.

Thanks to advances in technology, people with vision loss have many more resources and options for accessing print information. 

The American Foundation for the Blind has published an article about Five Reading Apps that can make books, newspapers and other print available on many devices, including a table or smart phone.

Read the full article.

Reachout responds to Changes in the D&C

Jan 24, 2017

We were scrambling at Reachout Radio this morning when we saw this article in the D&C from the Editor & VP of News Karen Magnuson. The D&C is making several changes in the print edition, which is what we read from on Reachout Radio.

The daily Editorials have been reduced and will no longer appear in the newspaper on Mondays through Wednesdays.  Also the ROC Living section has been deleted, although the columnists and television listings will still appear in another section.

The Democrat and Chronicle for Monday, January 23rd tells the story of a program at East High School training students to screen for vision problems and help other students get free eyeglasses to improve their vision and their success in school.

Teacher Logan Newman, a former Navy optician began the career and technical education program in the 2010-2011 school year thanks to a state grant.

Read the full article here.