News about Blindness and Vision Loss

Want to know what's going on in blindness research, adaptive technology, independent living products, or general news that can help you live independently?  We'll bring you some of the latest stories and links to information that you can use!

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As I troll the internet looking for information on vision loss, vision research, treatments, studies and daily living tips, I'm always amazed when I find an organization I've never heard of before.  That is the case with the Bright Focus Foundation, an organization that supports research for Alzheimer's, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma.  In this article, Dr.

Find out how Joy Efron's surgery went and what contributed to her successful Macular Hole Surgery. 

Joy's story continues.

Why are so many websites inaccessible?

Sep 14, 2016

So you have accessible devices, such as a screen reader or refreshable braille display.  Yet you're still having trouble accessing information or navigating websites.  Why?  This article from sheds light on this subject as well as some compliance information, reflections on the needs of users, and the work that's yet to be done.  Read the full article.

Joy R. Efron, Ed.D. relates her story of surviving the recovery process after surgery for a macular hole.  This story will be related over a series of posts. 

You'll also learn that a macular hole is very different than Macular Degeneration or a Detached Retina.  You'll learn about the symptoms, the surgery, and the challenges of recovery.  Read Joy's Story.

Vision Health USA Today supplement

Sep 9, 2016

Today's USA Today has a wonderful supplement called Vision Health with several articles about low vision and a great cover story about Super Bowl MVP Von Miller who details how his personal battle with poor vision inspired him to help underprivileged kids in Denver.

Read this article and all the stories.

More than 10 million Americans, and millions more worldwide, are affected by retinal degenerative diseases that can cause blindness - such as macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and Usher syndrome.  So now, celebrities nationwide are joining the Foundation Fighting Blindness for the launch of the #HowEyeSeeIt campaign, the first social media initiative aimed at elevating awareness and accelerating research funding for retinal degenerative diseases.

A Foundation-funded research team reports that a drug approved already approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may also prevent or slow retinal degeneration and preserve vision.  Although more research must be done, the results so far are promising.

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