Blindness news

Nystagmus or wobbly eye - What is it?

Feb 7, 2018
RNIB

Nystagmus is a vision condition in which the eyes make repetitive, uncontrolled movements, often side-to-side, up-and-down, or in a circular pattern, that can result in reduced vision and difficulty with depth perception.  According to the American Optometric Association, Nystagmus is most commonly caused by a neurological problem which occur

Floaters and flashes - the Saga Continues

Jan 31, 2018
DoctorOnCall

Just two weeks ago I started down a road of vision changes that I had never experienced before - floaters and flashes in my field of vision in my right eye.  After some rapid changes over three days, a torn retina was discovered and repaired.  On my one-week check-up, all looked good.  That was then...this is now.

NEI information on Age-related eye diseases

Jan 29, 2018
Regenerative Medicine Now

DidYouKnow that as you age, you are at higher risk of developing eye diseases and conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, DiabeticEyeDisease, and glaucoma? Visit aging eye to learn about your risk factors and what you can do to protect your sight.

https://nei.nih.gov/intramural/lrcmb

The Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology (LRCMB) plans, conducts, and directs basic research in normal and abnormal functioning of the retina, other ocular tissues, and in retinal diseases, particularly those of a genetic nature. Visual process mechanisms are emphasized as well as the function of neural, glial, and pigment epithelial cells.

https://nei.nih.gov/about

As part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute’s (NEI) mission is to “conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.”

http://www.visionaware.org/info/for-seniors/health-and-aging/fitness-and-fun/developing-balance/1235

Vision loss, along with aging, can have a negative impact on balance.  But there are things you can do to strengthen your body and help maintain balance. 

The American Foundation of the Blind has a few simple exercises and movements that you can work into your daily routine to help strengthen your core and improve your balance.

Read the full article and check out the exercises.

European Hospital

Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered a cell signaling pathway in mice that triggers vision loss in patients with diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusion -- diseases characterized by the closure of blood vessels in the retina, leading to blindness.

http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/essential-skills/12

You've just been diagnosed with low vision or vision loss due to one condition or another.  You have some vision, but suddenly everyday activities are more difficult and you need to figure out how to do things if you want to continue living independently.  From cooking, to laundry to managing your mediations or even navigating your home environment, The American Foundation for the Blind has information and resources to help.  Check them out.

Eye Associates of Lancaster Ltd

For the first time in more than 20 years, there have been some significant medical breakthroughs for the treatment of Glaucoma.  Today’s commonly used glaucoma medications were approved in the 1970s. Other medications with different chemical compounds followed, but until now, there had been no major medical breakthrough since 1998.

YouTube

So you've just been diagnosed with some form of low vision (macular degeneration, glaucoma, or a myriad of other diagnoses) and you're not sure how you're going to do things around the house anymore.  Or maybe you've heard of a new adaptive device and you don't know if it is right for you.  

There are many ways that you can go about researching what to ask your doctor, how to do your laundry or cook with low vision, what device is best for your particular needs and uses.  But one research tool that can give you a broad spectrum of results is YouTube!

UA Ophthalmology - University of Arizona

There's an AMD Trial that is showing great promise for people dealing with vision loss from Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).  Brian S. McKay, PhD, Director of Basic Research, SW Center for Age-Related Eye Diseases, at the University of Arizona is studying Levodopa (L-dopa), a drug used to treat Parkinson's disease, restless leg syndrome and other movement disorders.  And thanks to a $1.7 million grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. McKay is ready to take his research study to the next level.

WXXI Reachout Radio, is pleased to share an encore presentation of the story of science, technology, medicine, and humanity of human vision. SIGHT: The Story of Vision tells stories of individuals who struggle with vision loss and blindness including, an Iraqi war veteran’s vision loss due to a traumatic brain injury and a woman who is losing both her sight and hearing yet, refuses to stop achieving her dreams. The film also presents the complexities of human vision and the exciting future that lays ahead with new technologies and medicine only imagined a few years ago. The program will air on WXXI-TV, Channel 21, Cable channel 11, Monday, January 8 at 9 p.m.   Read More & watch a preview.

https://www.syracusenewtimes.com/local-musicians-assemble-for-sukosh-fearon-tribute/

Despite a cancer diagnosis, NYS School for the Blind in Batavia alumnus Sukosh Fearon isn't giving up.  And his friends are going to be there to support him all the way.  The singer-keyboardist will be honored with “A Day of Music With Sukosh Fearon,” which takes place Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Rusty Rail Party House, 3231 Seneca Turnpike, Canastota, near his hometown of Oneida.

Tablet for the blind full page braille output

Nov 28, 2017
blitab.com

Blitab is the world's first fully accessible braille tablet for those with vision loss, featuring full page refreshable braille. The device was demonstrated at the 2017 Computer Electronics Show and can be seen in this 16-minute video.

Be My Eyes app: Now available on Android

Oct 6, 2017
http://mailchi.mp/bemyeyes/its-here-be-my-eyes-is-now-available-on-android?e=8db1c48372

You may have heard of the Be My Eyes app that helps people with vision loss identify items by sight. This just released: Be My Eyes is now available for Android devices! Visit this site to find out more, and plan to tune into Eyes on Success on Wednesday, November 1st at 5pm when hosts Pete and Nancy go deeper into this application and how it works.

Today, the Be My Eyes community consists of more than 38,000 blind or visually impaired users and more than 550,000 sighted volunteers from all over the world.

Happy Days 365

National White Cane Safety Day is an annual observance celebrated on October 15th of each year.  Just as President Lyndon B. Johnson recognized the importance of the white cane as a staff of independence for blind people, we at WXXI Reachout Radio encourage independence through audio information as well.

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Sleep patterns for people with vision loss are often interrupted due to circadian rhythm patters being thrown off due to lack of light perception.  

Today it was announced that three American scientists — Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young — have been awarded the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine, who identified the gene that controls circadian rhythms in plants, animals, and humans, which may prove to be beneficial to people with vision loss.

Personal Care Tips for people with vision loss

Sep 14, 2017
Health Products For You

Personal care and hygiene are important for self esteem and pride for most people.  But with vision loss it may not be as easy to take care of your fingernails, apply make-up, shave, or do laundry.  AFB's VisionAware has some great tips for all of these tasks and more. 

http://www.visionaware.org/info/everyday-living/helpful-products/using-a-computer/a-new-android-speech-feature-select-to-speak/1245?utm_Source=MONTHLY-Queue-VA_AWARE&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=a-new-android-speech-feature-select-to-speak&Stage=1

The American Foundation for the Blind's (AFB) VisionAware technology review by Steve Kelley presents information on Android's newest Select to Speak feature.

Like the Speech setting in iOS, Select to Speak enables a user to use Talkback to read a selected portion of text, without turning Talkback on and changing the other gestures, so it is very convenient for users who are not routinely screen reader users.

To find and change this setting you will need to go into Accessibility settings. 

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/healthwell-foundation-launches-fund-to-provide-financial-assistance-to-people-living-with-macular-degeneration-300501354.html

The HealthWell Foundation has announced the creation of the Macular Degeneration Fund to help eligible patients with macular degeneration meet their out-of-pocket co-payments and premiums.  

Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind

Aug 25, 2017
GAO

For the more than 20 million people living with vision loss, not being able to read drug container labels and package inserts is a scary reality and a significant public health challenge. Some pharmacies provide accessible labels in audible, braille, and large print formats but few get dispensed with these labels, due to lack of awareness among consumers and pharmacies.

During the week of September 9-15, 2017, you are invited to take part in Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind Week, to help raise awareness among pharmacies and consumers about accessible prescription labels and how they help the blind and low vision safely and independently manage their medications.  Click title to read more.

TED.com

Meet Chris Downey, a San Francisco architect who lost his sight in 2008 after surgery to remove a brain tumor.  Determined to move forward with the mission of getting the tools and the training to live a full and productive life, Chris discovered much about life and his surroundings that he couldn't see before he lost his vision.  In his TED Talk entitled "Design with the Blind in Mind" he compares his sighted experience with his beloved San Francisco to his unsighted experience, and determines that if cities were designed with the blind in mind, it would be a benefit for everyone.  Watch t

Beat the summer heat with a Talking Thermostat

Jul 12, 2017
www.talkingthermostats.com

The summer heat is on and if your thermostat isn't accessible, it may be difficult to get the relief you need.  There are products that are meant to help you, but will they work or not?

ActiveHistory.ca

Even if you're not actively involved in the stock market, you probably own stocks. If you have a retirement plan at work, if you have a 401(k), or an IRA, you are probably invested in stocks, even if it's via mutual funds. At some point you will need and want to take more control over your personal investments and that's where the Robinhood app may help.

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As we age, many people experience loss of hearing or vision loss related to age-related diseases.  But what happens when you are experiencing dual sensory loss - the loss of both hearing and vision.  A whole new series of challenges are presented.

AFB's VisionAware provides information for caregivers to help understand what your loved one is going through as it relates to communication, daily living skills, socialization, physical activity, independence and well being.  Seniors may experience depression, anxiety and feelings of isolation.  

http://www.visionaware.org/blog/visionaware-blog/aira-a-new-and-exciting-access-service-for-people-who-are-blind-and-visually-impaired/12?utm_Source=MONTHLY-Queue-VA_AWARE&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=visionaware-blog

AFB's VisionAware announces Aira (pronounced EYE-rah), an accessible technology that matches a blind person with a trained, sighted agent that provides real-time descriptions of surroundings, buildings, people, even reading menu items and assisting in independent travel.

It combines wearable smart glasses with an embedded video camera paired with a smartphone, a portable WiFi hotspot, and connects the wearer with a network of live certified agents who describe the environment around the blind person.

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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. 

http://tangiblesurfaceresearch.com/halos.html

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.

eyestudioks.com

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.

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