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Over 75 Physically Impaired Athletes Inspire Others
Physically ImpairedBlindness or paralysis doesn’t keep people from fulfilling their dreams of achievement. Last week, more than 75 adaptive athletes competed at the 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, CA. The four-day competition concluded with Team Brazil taking gold, Australia the silver, and Team USA the bronze.
“This Team Gold Medal will inspire so many others to get into the sport in Brazil and around the world,” said gold-medalist Alcino Neto.

If you are an adaptive athlete your story can inspire other young, physically impaired individuals to consider sports. We’d love to hear your story.

Brazil Crowned World Champs At 2017 Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship"
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Visually Impaired Restaurateur Feeds Service Men and Women in CA
visually impairedRon Long’s service in the U.S. military shaped his life in more ways than one, stealing his eyesight and developing his principles for living a meaningful life. After being blinded by a chemical agent, Long’s honorable discharge for being visually impaired led to becoming a restaurant and mobile food service businessman. His delicious “Santa Maria Style Barbecue” and the speed in which it can be made, and served, landed him a dining contract for the Navy in San Diego. He also has a portable barbecue pit stationed at the U.S. Army National Training Center in Fort Irwin, CA. Long also hosts fundraising events for the Army Emergency Relief Program and Toys for Tots.
“Having served in the military, they really make me feel like I’m one of them,” said Long. “They treat me like family and I even go on vacation with some of them. It’s the least I can do to give back.” 

If you are visually impaired and need assistance, the San Diego Center for the Blind can help. Let us help you rebuild your independence!

"Ron Long: A Blind Entrepreneur Still Supporting the U.S. Military"
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Daily Tasks Made Easier with Assistive Devices
Assistive TechnologyA variety of assistive devices and gadgets are available due to advances in technology in recent years. Often with the goal of granting access to services or products to as many people as possible while minimizing barriers and usability difficulties, various assistive devices are coming to market rapidly. These handy inventions can make daily tasks less challenging for people with disabilities.
Take a look at a few  handy gadgets that are aiding those living with disabilities. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

Assistive Tech: Where there’s a wheel, there’s a way"

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Unstoppable Jazz Musician Henry Butler
Blind Jazz Musician, Henry ButlerAt 6 years old, an undeniable musical gift emerged in Henry Butler. Today, at the age of 68, Mr. Butler is a nationally recognized pianist, vocalist, and composer despite losing his sight as an infant due to glaucoma. He explores various genres including jazz, gospel, blues and classical. Mr. Butler’s talent does not end with him being a brilliant musician. He also possesses a passion for photography. His work can be seen in various exhibits and in the HBO documentary “Dark Light: The Art of Blind Photographers.” Learn more about Henry Butler’s unstoppable spirit that allows him to offer his artistic gifts to the world. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Despite blindness, Henry Butler drives his music career forward — sometimes literally"
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Making Math Accessible
Lindsey Towns, low vision math studentStatistics indicate that vision loss makes academic success challenging. Low vision and blind students who graduate from high school and college are a minority. Facts like these don't seem to phase 13-year-old Lindsey Towns who experienced vision loss just before entering 8th grade. Lindsey's favorite subject is math although a universal audio tool for learning math does not exist today. She has found creative ways to accommodate her disability. In the meantime, a system is being developed  that can reduce learning barriers for disabled students. Read more about  how a project developed by an alumnus of Lindsey's school may help her and others acheive their academic dreams.

How has assistive technology helped you? Let us know in the Comments section.

"Despite loss of vision, BTW student doesn't lose sight of success"
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Researchers Test Dissolving Drug Implant for Treating Glaucoma
GlaucomaMany who suffer with glaucoma use eye drops as part of their treatment plan. The medication can prevent irreversible blindness if done in the early stages. Typically, the drops need to be administered 3 times per day though. It can be arduous to keep up with a timetable of this intensity. To make it even more challenging, much of the medication is drained into the patient's blood instead of inside the eye. Researchers at the UCSF Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine believe that dissolving implants could be the answer. Read about this new glaucoma treatment researchers are currently testing.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Glaucoma: Hiding in plain sight"
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Story of a Blind Lamb Teaches Children To Never Give Up
Peanut of Blind Faith Farm by Jim ThompsonPeanut was born without sight. Her owner knew right away as the lamb stuck close to her mother and seemed to find her way by using sound. Peanut soon learned how to find food, water and face challenges though. Watching the little lamb, inspired owner Jim Thompson to pen a children's book that is motivating readers of all ages to fight through adversity and live their best life. Read the story behind the book, Peanut of Blind Faith Farm.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Story shows blind lamb's tenacity to overcome obstacles"
Posted in Blindness, Living Blind, Low Vision, Vision Loss, Visually Impaired | View Post
Blind Veterans Demonstrate Their Athletic Abilities
Blind veterans play adaptive hockeyWith a few modifications, most sports can be adapted for the visually impaired. This goes for ice hockey as well. While adaptive hockey has been enjoyed in Canada for several decades, it has only recently been introduced in the United States. The players appreciate having the opportunity to use their athletic ability and are experiencing the benefits of community connection with their teammates at the same time. Read about how a group of blind veterans are using blind hockey to  overcome challenges. 

What sports have you tried recently? Let us know in the Comments section.

Blind vets take to the ice in Saranac Lake"
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Low Vision Grooming Hacks
Low vision morning routine adjustmentsWhen vision deteriorates, the morning routine can bring on feelings of  frustration. Tasks like hair styling, shaving or applying make-up  which were once routine  turn into challenging exploits that seem impossible. Fortunately, those who are willing to make a few simple adjustments can enjoy less frustration, smoother mornings and the confidence that comes  from starting the day looking neat and put together. Learn about a few simple adjustments that can make mornings happy again.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Macular Degeneration Aids for Grooming"
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The AWARE Wayfinding App Helps The Visually Impaired Enjoy New Spaces
Rasha Said, founder of Sensible Innovations devised the AWARE wayfinding audio-appThose living with vision loss, often visit new locations ahead of time to memorize the space. They sometimes worry about getting lost. For this reason, Rasha Said developed a program that uses a smart phone app to provide information to the blind that many sighted people take for granted. This information helps the visually impaired navigate independently and also offers the freedom to explore. Learn how the WayFinding app is helping the visually impaired gain independence 

What smart phone apps have you tried? Let us know in the  comments section.

Smart navigation: Springfield developer’s app helps visually impaired"

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Seeing With Sound
Daniel Earle uses castanets to make noises and use echolocation to see with his ears.Echolocation uses sound waves and echoes to determine the location of objects. This method, used by bats to find food and navigate in the dark can also be used by humans. In fact, with training, the visually impaired can learn to be skilled at echolocation giving them the ability to see the world around them through their ears. It's another tool that can be used to give independence to those who live with vision loss. Learn how some blind people are using echolocation to walk and ride bikes independently and more.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Rising popularity of bat-like echolocation helping more blind people see through sound"
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Sight-Impaired Doctor is Helping Others Discover Their Abilities
Dr Jitender Aggarwal, a dentist who lost his vision due to macular degeneration Dr. Jitender Aggarwal lost his vision in 2004 and learned first-hand about the difficulty of engaging with a community that was often inaccessible to those living with a disability. This experience fuelled his passion to help others gain the skills needed to create more inclusivity.  Since that time, he has helped close to 10,000 people with disabilities obtain skills and jobs in different sectors of business.
Read about Dr. Aggarwal's journey from vision loss to helping others who live with a disability.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"The story of a doctor who lost his eyesight; fought back and helped 10,000 people with disability find jobs"
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ebay Gives Tips on How to Create an Accessible Corporate Culture
eBay leads the way in digital accessibilityCompanies have a few good reasons to improve digital accessibility. Increasing bottom line profits and avoiding litigation top the list. Corporate giant, eBay has appointed an Ambassador for Accessibility and suggests that improvements to this area can offer great returns and provide surprising opportunities for growth.
Learn why eBay is making accessiblity a priority and how others can too.

What company can you commend for great accessibility? Let us know I the comments section.

"Creating a Company Culture that Promotes Accessibility"
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Seattle Art Museum Makes Art Accessible
Group of visitors with low or no vision at Seattle Art MuseumFor people living with vision impairment, getting out socially can be challenging. It may seem unlikely that visiting an art museum could be a social event for the blind. The Seattle Art Museum does not think so. Every month, the museum hosts guided tours complete with trained escorts prepared to describe art pieces to the sight-impaired. Learn how a museum uses art for community building and social enrichment for those living with vision impairment.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Seattle Art Museum program brings art to those with low or no vision"
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Visually Impaired New York Marathon Runner Will Race Unassisted
Visually Impaired New York Marathon Runner, Simon Wheatcroft,Running a marathon is hard work. Running a marathon without vision assisted by a guide is hard work. Running a marathon without vision and without a guide seems impossible. Thanks to assistive technology, called Wayband, a blind runner will cross the finish line at the New York Marathon unassisted for the first time. Learn more about how runner Simon Wheatcroft plans to use assistive technology to compete in the NY Marathon.

 If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Blind New York Marathon runner depending on technology rather than aide to finish race"
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Bionic Eye Helps Blind Man See For The First Time In 20 Years
Blind man sees with help of bionic eyeDue to a degenerative eye disease, Walfre Lopez experienced vision loss over 20 years ago. He recently underwent a complex surgery which implanted a computer chip in the back of his eyes. With the use of special glasses he can now see shapes and contrasting images and is learning to use his new found 7th sense as vision. Learn more about  Mr. Lopez's surgery and how it has impacted him and his family. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Bionic Eye Helps Georgia Man See"
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Glaucoma Left Him Without Sight But Not Without Hope
Painter Ken Alexander is opening his art studioPainter Ken Alexander's life is full of challenges. Mr. Alexander has faced each one with the determination and courage. From being a single dad to beating prostate cancer, Ken has persevered through hardship. He was diagnosed with glaucoma which eventually caused vision loss. That has not stopped him from moving forward with his dreams to pursue an art career. He just opened studio. Learn more about what motivates painter, Ken Alexaner

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"A Fortuitous Visit to Artworks Gallery Inspires Blind Painter to Continue"
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Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone Creates Growth
Blind skateboarder, Dan MancinaDan Mancina lost his vision due to a degenerative eye disease. Although he had been skateboarding since he was 7 years old, he was unable to continue this activity as a person with vision loss. Until, he decided to do it anyway. Through practice, hard work and perseverance, he is proving that there are no limits to the human spirit. Learn more about what Dan and how he inspires others.

Share about a time you got out of your comfort zone? Let us know about it in the comments section. 

Blind skateboarder inspires others to achieve"
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Accessibility Is Not Just a Legal Obligation It is a Moral One Too
Digital composite of businessman presenting earth interface with connecting devicesIn recent years, accessibility lawsuits against companies have increased. With 20% of the population living with a disability, it would be wise for businesses to take this issue to heart. It is expected that the percentage of those living with a disability will increase as baby boomers get older. Creating an atmosphere of inclusion is simply morally right. Learn more about what companies can do to ensure that their website is accessible to everyone.  

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"How To Prevent A Web Accessibility Lawsuit"
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Nearly 3 Decades of the ADA Has Progress Been Made
Daughter fights for healthcare accessibility for her visually impaired motherHer mother was blind for as long as she remembers. She can recall times from her childhood when her mother was not given equal access. The Americans with Disabilities Act has changed that. Or has it?  Her mother's most recent hospital stay left this daughter scratching her head and searching for answers. Learn more a daughter's fight to ensure that her blind mother received access to the same services as everyone else. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Denied, Delayed, Discriminated: My Mother’s Healthcare Experience as a Person with Blindness"
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Educating Others About Vision Loss
Visually impaired women dispel misconceptions about blindnessThese women lost their vision at different stages of life. They now educate others and create awareness on what vision loss looks like and willingly share insight on how best to support them and those like them. They are successfully building a culture of sensitivity and teaching those around them how they would like to be treated. Learn more about what Jennifer and Sandy are doing to dispel misconceptions about blindness.

What are some misconceptions you've experienced? Let us know about it in the comments section. 

"They're blind, but their insight is 20/20"
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People Did not Believe She Would Have a Bakery One Day
Vegan Baker who lives with vision lossCarina's Bakery is special for so many reasons. It was created by a courageous and determined woman who wanted to offer a variety of vegan baked goods. The shop is equipped with assistive technology and signs that encourage customers to be patient. Dogs are welcome. The visionary behind this project is visually impaired and so are the employees. Learn more about what makes this bakery special 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Beaverton vegan baker is legally blind, but has a clear vision of the future"
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Blind Assistant Public Defender Demonstrates Independence
Blind Assistant Public Defender, Steph FernandesSteph Fernandes wanted to use her education to serve and inspire young people. When she got the job as Assistant Public Defender, she was given the opportunity to live out her dream. Her presence in the courthouse has sparked conversations about blindness and independence as well as encouraged dialogue around accessibility. Learn more about Steph's personal story. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Blindness doesn’t hold back Luzerne County assistant public defender"
Posted in Living Blind, Personal Stories | View Post
How Fouls Can Lead to Great Purpose
Vera Jones, mother of son who lives with vision lossVera Jones, a collegiate basketball athlete had been inducted into the Hall of Fame and was used to winning. Winning almost never comes without hard work and the ability to face challenges though. Her strong will and determination were engaged off the court, when her son faced one of his toughest battles – losing his sight. Learn more about the lessons this mother/son team mastered and are now teaching others.

Have you faced a difficult life challenge? Let us know about your experience in the comments section. 

"Vera Jones: This is What a Blind Son Taught his Mother about Vision"
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Karina Jones plays Susy in Wait Until Dark
Visually impaired actress, Karina JonesYou may remember Wait Until Dark from 1967 when Audrey Hepburn played Susy. The thriller's plot is centered around a blind woman who is victimized by a group of conmen. The men had not planned for Susy's inner strength and her ability to navigate in the dark much better than they ever could. Learn more about Karina's role plus her thoughts on being a disabled actress. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

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The Art of Visual Impairment
Lenny Jordan who lives with visual impairment has chosen to pursue a career in artLenny Jordan thought his artistic dreams were over when he began losing his sight to a degenerative eye disease. Through a conversation with a colleague, he began exploring various artistic techniques. Awakening a dormant talent, Lenny has used color pencils, sketch pads and paint to create breathtaking works of art. Learn more about Lenny Jordan's re-awakening to his artistic abilities. 

you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Blinding Art - how Lenny Jordan creates art with a visual impairment"
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Blind Rock Climber Uses the Sport as a Form of Meditation
Blind climber who used rock climbing to overcome anger and depressionShawn Sturges started noticing diminishing vision at the age of 15 and was later diagnosed with Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy which led to total blindness. After losing his sight, he became withdrawn and angry. He later discovered that rock climbing provided an escape from everyday stress. Today at 31, he is an inspiration to so many. You can catch him climbing at an indoor facility or even the Eldorado Canyon in Colorado. Learn more about why Shawn Sturges finds rock climbing therapeutic.

Are there any sports or activities that you use as an emotional outlet? Let us know about your experience in the comments section. 

"For a blind climber, ascending walls is ‘moving meditation’"
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Motivational Speaker and Author Changing Perceptions About Blindness
Juliet Cody educates others on vision lossJuliet Cody is 50 and has had low vision most of her life and experienced total vision loss in 2000. She is a motivational speaker and author who is on a mission to educate adults and children about what it means to be blind. She can do anything although she may do it differently than a sighted person. She learned many of her independent living skills at San Diego Center for the Blind. Learn more about Juliet’s journey to independence. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Showing others that blindness is not a tragedy"
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Annihilation of An Infectious Disease That Leads To Blindness
The Kingdom of Cambodia and the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic eliminate an infectious eye diseaseTrachoma is the leading infectious disease that causes blindness in the world.  It is caused by a bacteria that is often carried by flies and is prevalent in poverty stricken communities where access to clean water and sanitation is prohibitive. In 1998, the World Health Assembly set out to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem. Learn how one country worked hard to bring this disease under submission.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Cambodia and the Lao People's Democratic Republic wipe out trachoma—leading infectious cause of blindness"
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The Visually Impaired Play Baseball Using Sound Instead of Sight
Beep Baseball is an opportunity for visually impaired athletes to compete.Imagine playing baseball unable to see the ball. Someone already did. People of all ages and abilities are competing in Beep Ball. There are a few differences between Beep Ball and its cousin Baseball though. The ball beeps and the bases buzz allowing participants to use sound instead of sight to play. Learn more about how Beep Ball is sweeping the nation.

If you’re a Beep Ball athlete, let us know about your experience in the comments section.

"Beep Baseball Provides Opportunities for Visually Impaired Athletes"
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94 Years Old Nearly Blind and Living Out Her Dreams
Nearly blind, 94 year old woman goes on a bike rideSome people view old age and vision loss as obstacles. For 94 year old dream catcher, Pauline Lawrence, not so much.  Although she has lost much of her vision, she still dreamed of riding a bicycle like she used to years ago. Recently, Pauline took her first bike ride in over 15 years. Read what Pauline had to say about her bike riding experience. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Cycling wish comes true for nearly blind senior"
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Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder But Not Really
Blind people give thought provoking descriptions of beautyWhen the term beauty comes to mind, we think of appearance. If a person is beautiful, perhaps they have a certain physique, perfect curls or dewy skin. What does beauty mean to someone living with vision loss? The answers from four blind individuals will enlighten you. THEY are beautiful. Understand how the blind see beauty.

How do you describe beauty?  Let us know in the comments. 

"Blind people describe what beauty means to them"
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Hold The Light is a Story of Hope in a Dark Space
Hold The Light is a novel about vision lossIn a newly published book, “Hold The Light,” author, April McGowan explores vision loss through the character of Amber who discovers that she is losing her sight at the beginning of her creative career.  The book takes the reader on Amber’s journey of self discovery in pursuit of  her true purpose.

Learn more about the author’s inspiration behind this book.

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

Author examines vision loss in 'Hold the Light'
Posted in First Steps After Vision Loss, Living Blind, Vision Loss | View Post
What You Should Know About Eye Floaters
Eye floaters could indicate eye diseaseAs people age, many have the experience of seeing floating shadows in their eyes appropriately named eye floaters. Should this happen, a physician should be consulted. Floaters can be a sign of a benign disease. It could also be an indication of an eye disease that could lead to vision loss. If detected early, often diseases can be treated and remedied.

Learn more information about eye floaters. 

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

Should You Seek Help for Eye Floaters?
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Blind Guest Teacher Visits 2nd Grade
2nd grade class gets a lesson on vision lossSince birth, Rosie has been blind. When a 2nd grade class began asking questions about blindness, their teacher invited Rosie to answer their questions. Rosie was happy to share her story and life with the inquisitive bunch who gained new perspective and understanding of the remarkable ability of the many living with vision loss.

Read more about Ms. Rosie’s visit to 2nd grade

Has there been a time when you thought someone was different, then after getting to know them, you found out they were more similar to you than different? Let us know in the comments. 

Second graders get lesson in blindness

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Walking Through Vision Loss
Eye conditions that can cause vision lossVisits to the eye doctor and staying healthy are routine prevention measures that guard against vision loss. However, some people will face untreatable loss of vision where the effects are permanent. It can be a depressing experience initially. Mike Glenn encountered blindness brought on by diabetic retinopathy and shared his story with radio talk show host, Charity Nebbe. We are reminded that vision loss is not the end but the beginning.

Listen to Mike Glen’s story and learn about eye conditions as well as treatments.  

If you are experiencing vision loss, we have programs to help you adjust. Visit our Programs Page to learn more.

"Last Time I Saw the Sun Was November 2007"

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Relief For Dry Eyes
Eye care specialist offers potential remedies for dry eye conditionAs people spend more time in front of screens, dry eyes are becoming a greater concern. With the addition of smartphones and the widespread use of the internet, our lifestyle is different than it was 20 years ago. Issues associated with prolonged blue light exposure are fairly new. However, we should pay attention as continued exposure to blue light emitted from many digital devices can cause a multitude of complications for the eyes including dry eyes. Thankfully, there are a few things that we can do to restore moisture and alleviate dry eye problems.

Read about solutions that provide relief for dry eyes   

How many hours a day do you use digital devices?.

Goodbye, dry eye

Posted in Eye Health | 1 Comment(s)
Researchers Uncover a Genetic Disease That Causes Vision Loss
Researchers Discover Gene That Causes Vision LossMany people over the age of 40 experience some form of vision loss. Researchers have discovered a gene that could be responsible. This gene causes a chronic hereditary eye disease which affects night and peripheral vision. There is no cure at this time. Scientists believe that study of the gene will lead to conclusions which bring them closer to healing treatments.

Read more about the research behind this finding.

Have you noticed changes to your night and peripheral vision?

The Gene Responsible For Vision Loss In Middle Age Discovered

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Night Driving Difficulty Causes and Treatment Options
Declining Night Vision Sends Many Seniors To The Eye DoctorFor many older adults, night driving becomes more of a challenge with each passing year. There are a number of possible causes for declining night vision which include early cataract formation, glaucoma and dry eyes. Fortunately, there are surgical procedures and treatment options available. In fact many of today's solutions have the benefit of a briefer recovery time which allows patients to get back to their normal routine sooner.

Learn more about eye care and surgical procedures for seniors.  

Has driving at night become more challenging? What are you doing to adjust?

Showing the way to better night vision

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Smokers Have One More Reason to Quit
Stop Smoking NowMost people know that smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco can lead to heart disease and cancer. However, many don't realize that sustained tobacco use can deteriorate eye health and lead to vision loss over time. Smoking also worsens diabetic retinopathy. Experts urge smokers to quit as blindness caused by tobacco consumption is often irreversible. 

See what researchers have learned about tobacco use and eye health.

What are some of the ways you take care of your eyes? Let us know in the comments section.

Tobacco may cause irreversible blindness

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Researchers Have Developed The Granddaddy of Mangoes
Anti-Cancer MangoesImagine a mango that offers more than sweet tropical flavor. Developed by researchers in Thailand, the Mahachanok mango packs a healthy punch. This super fruit has the potential to slow cell degeneration, reduce cancer risks and enhance eye health. What makes the Mahachanok mango so powerful is its high level of the antioxidant anthocyanin and carotenoid. Even better, this mango is not limited to the normal growing season. It can be produced past the normal April-June cut-off time of other fruits of its kind.

Read more about what makes this mango so special

What’s your favorite mango recipe? Let us know in the comments.

Anti-cancer mango developed by researchers from Thailand

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Thirteen Year Old Is Living Proof that Hard Work Pays Off
Danito Mondlane, champion adaptive surfer, with his coachDanito Mondlane is an 8th grader full of courage and determination. Although blind, he has worked with coaches to learn the techniques of surfing. Danito built up his confidence by first working with a body board and practiced every week for 2 hours until he mastered his skills. He entered competitions and triumphed over his opponents to win the top position in the South African Adaptive Surfing Championship in Muizenberg. His next challenge? The International Surfing Association World Championship.

Read more about the determination of this courageous athlete.  

Do you know someone who has displayed determination like Danito? Honor them, by telling their story in the comments section.

Blind surfer takes on pros … and wins!

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How Google Glass Can Help The Blind
Google glass helping the blindWhen Google glass first hit the scene in 2014, the announcement came with media buzz and excitement. However, the hype soon fizzled out as concerns were raised about security, distractedness and plain creepiness.  The technology has recently been relaunched as smart glasses, a tool used to help the blind navigate their surroundings. The glasses do not correct vision but rather connects the user to a live sighted agent that can see through the glasses and communicate with the user through a headset.

Learn how a blind Kansas City man is responding to this new assistive technology.

What assistive technology have you seen recently? Let us know in the comments section.

Remember Google Glass? Those glasses are back, helping the blind

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Actress Judi Dench Talks About Her Fears and Macular Degeneration
Judi Dench talks about macular degenerationWe know Judi Dench from movies such as Philomena and Shakespeare in Love. Today, the multiple Academy Award nominee is living with a few limitations that come with macular degeneration. She's made some adjustments and says she will start using audio books. The actress has not let the disease stop her from doing what she loves.Look for Ms. Dench this September as Queen Victoria in the film Victoria and Abdul. She will also appear alongside Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz as Princess Dragomiroff in Murder on the Orient Express coming to the big screen in November.

Read more about Judi Dench’s reflections on her 60 year career.

What’s your favorite Judi Dench movie? Let us know in the comments.

Judi Dench confesses she's ‘frightened' of dying as she opens up about losing her sight

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Early Detection of Alzheimers Disease is Possible
Eye Scan That Can Detect Alzheimers DiseaseNearly all of us have been touched by Alzheimer's disease in some way. According to the Alzheimer's Association approximately 5 million Americans have been diagnosed. This number is expected to increase to 16 million by 2050. With Alzheimer's disease as the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, researchers have been on the hunt for ways to detect the disease earlier. Recent findings indicate that an eye scan can catch the disease before an individual experiences any symptoms.  

Read more about the high definition eye scan that analyzes the retina. 

Do you know anyone who is dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease? Let us know in the comments section.

Can this eye scan detect Alzheimer's years in advance?

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Many Wonder If Their Eyes Were Damaged By Watching the Eclipse
Eye Damage SymptomsNews media did a great job warning us of the damaging effects that improper viewing of the eclipse could have. Now that it's over, some have been posting on social media that they are feeling off or having headaches and other symptoms.  While we usually do not experience the symptoms of eye damage right away, there are a few warning signs that we can look out for.

Be mindful of the symptoms on this list. 

Did you wear protective glasses during the eclipse? Post your answer in the comments section.

You saw the eclipse -- so should you see the eye doctor?

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Marine Corp Veteran Loses Vision But Gains Insight
Technology Helping the Visually ImpairedWhen Steve Walker began to notice symptoms of a rare eye disease, he never imagined that one day that he would live with severely limited vision. As the disease progressed and more of  Steve's vision was lost, instead of losing hope, he trained for triathlons which made him aware of the inner strength he possessed. He began to see blindness similar to other obstacles that he had already overcome in bootcamp. Mr. Walker has competed in dozens of triathlons. Additionally, he is a 2 time Ironman competitor and  is currently pursuing a degree in psychology. Nothing can hold him back.

Read more of Steve’s story and the technology he is using to complete his degree.

In what ways have you challenged yourself? Let us know in the comments.

How Artificial Vision Helps A Visually-Impaired Triathlete Succeed

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Driving School Gives Blind Students the Opportunity to Take the Wheel
Blind Students Given the Opportunity to Drive AgainDriving is part of a daily routine that few of us give much thought tot. However, many who live with vision loss have lost driving privileges too. Chip Sheehan, founded a driving school in Maryland that provides standard driver's ed to high school students but also offers a one day, course that gives blind students a confidence boost and a chance to get behind the wheel.  

Read more about what this program has done for its blind students.
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Driving School Steers Blind Students In The Right Direction

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Hooray for Coffee
The Benefits of Coffee include AMD PreventionA study found that drinking coffee can lower the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness in seniors.  Since there are over 200,000 new cases of AMD diagnosed in the United States each year, this news gives hope to many who would like to prevent the disease from stealing their sight.

Learn about many other health benefits that coffee offers.

Do you drink coffee or are other forms of caffeine part of your diet? Let’s chat about it in the comments. 

Drinking Coffee Can Help You Live Longer and Fight Disease

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Kick Off the New School Year With Eye Exams for the Kids
Eyecare For ChildrenExperts suggest that setting your kids up for a successful school year should include making sure that they can see the whiteboard and read from their text books. An eye exam is the best way to ensure good vision health. There are other things parents can do to protect little peepers.

Learn the cues that signal vision problems and what you can do about it.

Are eye exams part of your school preparation routine? Let us know in the comments.
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