Assistive Technology Devices and Genetic BreakthroughsBetween advances in assistive technology for the visually impaired and breakthroughs in genetic research, there have been great strides made in recent years towards independence for people who are blind or visually impaired.
While assistive technology isn't a cure, it does allow for greater independence. Tech such as the Aira Glasses or even VoiceOver features on the iPhone are helping people take on tasks independently that may have previously been difficult.
As for research advances, scientists have found genetic information that may help to cure visual impairments that are genetic. This would be a huge benefit to a large group of people who are visually impaired. It's not an imminent cure, but the possibilities are hopeful.
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