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Artists With Vision Loss
vision loss“Vision Portraits” is an essay documentary from filmmaker Rodney Evans. The director believes that losing one’s vision can result in people seeing the world in novel ways. The film showcases artists who have different degrees of vision loss. Hopefully, you will have an opportunity to view the movie; it just may change your perspective

“Vision Portraits” addresses blindness in concrete, comprehensible terms,” writes Ben Kenigsberg.

If you are living with vision loss, then please contact San Diego Center for the Blind. We offer many programs that can help you regain your independence.

“‘Vision Portraits’ Review: Blindness as a Way of Seeing”


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Artists With Vision Loss
vision loss“Vision Portraits” is an essay documentary from filmmaker Rodney Evans. The director believes that losing one’s vision can result in people seeing the world in novel ways. The film showcases artists who have different degrees of vision loss. Hopefully, you will have an opportunity to view the movie; it just may change your perspective

“Vision Portraits” addresses blindness in concrete, comprehensible terms,” writes Ben Kenigsberg.

If you are living with vision loss, then please contact San Diego Center for the Blind. We offer many programs that can help you regain your independence.

“‘Vision Portraits’ Review: Blindness as a Way of Seeing”


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Technology Combats Vision Loss
vision lossMary Sedgwick was diagnosed with optic neuritis in 1997. The disease causes inflammation of the optic nerve, which leads to vision loss. She always held onto the hope that one day, something would come along that restored her vision. Now, thanks to E-Sight, glasses that magnify and brighten the world, she has a new perspective.

Mary Sedgwick’s vision loss made it so she could not work, but she can now see with 20/10 vision. She recently checked a lifelong dream off her bucket list when she skydived with the Army Golden Knights.

San Diego Center for the Blind can assist you or a loved one with vision loss. Please contact us to learn more about our services.

“Legally blind woman gets vision back, jumps with Golden Knights”


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Technology Combats Vision Loss
vision lossMary Sedgwick was diagnosed with optic neuritis in 1997. The disease causes inflammation of the optic nerve, which leads to vision loss. She always held onto the hope that one day, something would come along that restored her vision. Now, thanks to E-Sight, glasses that magnify and brighten the world, she has a new perspective.

Mary Sedgwick’s vision loss made it so she could not work, but she can now see with 20/10 vision. She recently checked a lifelong dream off her bucket list when she skydived with the Army Golden Knights.

San Diego Center for the Blind can assist you or a loved one with vision loss. Please contact us to learn more about our services.

“Legally blind woman gets vision back, jumps with Golden Knights”


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Our Diets Role in Macular Degeneration
macular degenerationThe food we eat changes how we feel. Those who eat healthily tend to feel better and are better able to function in life. An unhealthy diet, on the other hand, can severely impact one’s well-being, and it is associated with myriad health problems. A new book delves into the role that diet plays on our vision.

In his book “Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration,” Dr. Chris Knobbe claims doctors have been taught that macular degeneration “MD” is the result of aging and genetics. He offers up a different explanation. Dr. Knobbe claims that an unhealthy diet is the leading cause of macular degeneration.

SDCB offers several programs and services to assist people living with vision loss; please contact us to learn more.

“North American diet a recipe for blindness”


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Our Diets Role in Macular Degeneration
macular degenerationThe food we eat changes how we feel. Those who eat healthily tend to feel better and are better able to function in life. An unhealthy diet, on the other hand, can severely impact one’s well-being, and it is associated with myriad health problems. A new book delves into the role that diet plays on our vision.

In his book “Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration,” Dr. Chris Knobbe claims doctors have been taught that macular degeneration “MD” is the result of aging and genetics. He offers up a different explanation. Dr. Knobbe claims that an unhealthy diet is the leading cause of macular degeneration.

SDCB offers several programs and services to assist people living with vision loss; please contact us to learn more.

“North American diet a recipe for blindness”


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Blindness Will Not Hold Him Back
blindnessLosing one’s vision is a life-changing experience that can severely disrupt the course of your life. However, it is still possible to lead a fulfilling and productive life despite vision loss. Blindness does not hold Curt Jones back; he will not allow being blind to keep him from enjoying life. Jones’ parents never treated him any different after losing his vision at the age of three; which may explain why he has such a developed outlook on life.

“I owe a lot to my parents because they never stopped me from doing anything except what you would stop a normal kid from doing,” Jones said. “They raised me just as a kid, not as a blind kid.”

Please contact SDCB if you require vision loss assistance. We offer many programs that can improve your life quality.

“Randall native refuses to let blindness keep him from enjoying life”


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Blindness Will Not Hold Him Back
blindnessLosing one’s vision is a life-changing experience that can severely disrupt the course of your life. However, it is still possible to lead a fulfilling and productive life despite vision loss. Blindness does not hold Curt Jones back; he will not allow being blind to keep him from enjoying life. Jones’ parents never treated him any different after losing his vision at the age of three; which may explain why he has such a developed outlook on life.

“I owe a lot to my parents because they never stopped me from doing anything except what you would stop a normal kid from doing,” Jones said. “They raised me just as a kid, not as a blind kid.”

Please contact SDCB if you require vision loss assistance. We offer many programs that can improve your life quality.

“Randall native refuses to let blindness keep him from enjoying life”


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Learning Braille on a Tablet
BrailleTablets like iPads have become ubiquitous in today’s world. Wherever you go, there they are - in the hands of businesspeople or children alike. While often they serve as a distraction for kids, they can also be a powerful tool for learning.

Children living with vision loss are using tablets to hone their Braille skills. A new version of hangman, the word-guessing game, asks kids to run their finger over a paper Braille sheet on top of the tablet screen to pick letters.

“We’ve now taken the boring task of learning Braille and turned it into a game,” says Schultz, co-founder of Boston-based educational games maker ObjectiveEd. “We’re changing the dynamic so that a kid is looking forward to learning.”

Please reach out to SDCB is if you would like assistance with a visual impairment or blindness. Our service can help improve your quality of life.

“How Tablet Games Can Teach Skills to Students with Visual Impairments”



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Learning Braille on a Tablet
BrailleTablets like iPads have become ubiquitous in today’s world. Wherever you go, there they are - in the hands of businesspeople or children alike. While often they serve as a distraction for kids, they can also be a powerful tool for learning.

Children living with vision loss are using tablets to hone their Braille skills. A new version of hangman, the word-guessing game, asks kids to run their finger over a paper Braille sheet on top of the tablet screen to pick letters.

“We’ve now taken the boring task of learning Braille and turned it into a game,” says Schultz, co-founder of Boston-based educational games maker ObjectiveEd. “We’re changing the dynamic so that a kid is looking forward to learning.”

Please reach out to SDCB is if you would like assistance with a visual impairment or blindness. Our service can help improve your quality of life.

“How Tablet Games Can Teach Skills to Students with Visual Impairments”



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Capturing the Experience of Blindness
blindnessEarlier this year we wrote about Michael Nye's book "My Heart Is Not Blind: On Blindness and Perception," and how he hoped to get people to focus on a diverse group of people living with blindness.  Nye’s book – compiled over seven years – explores the blind experience through personal narratives and photographic portraits.

“I think when the public thinks of blindness, when they think of it at all, they think of disability and of inability,” Nye said. “But the experience of blindness is so unique and different for each person, and I think that is revelatory in terms of experience in a larger way.”

The National Federation of the Blind, as a part of its annual Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards, honored Nye’s work by granting him $15,000. The award recognizes innovators who challenge perceptions and break down boundaries faced by the blind.

Please contact the San Diego Center for The Blind if you require assistance for vision loss. We offer many programs that can help.

“Photographer Michael Nye Reflects On My Heart Is Not Blind and Recent Award”


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Capturing the Experience of Blindness
blindnessEarlier this year we wrote about Michael Nye's book "My Heart Is Not Blind: On Blindness and Perception," and how he hoped to get people to focus on a diverse group of people living with blindness.  Nye’s book – compiled over seven years – explores the blind experience through personal narratives and photographic portraits.

“I think when the public thinks of blindness, when they think of it at all, they think of disability and of inability,” Nye said. “But the experience of blindness is so unique and different for each person, and I think that is revelatory in terms of experience in a larger way.”

The National Federation of the Blind, as a part of its annual Dr. Jacob Bolotin Awards, honored Nye’s work by granting him $15,000. The award recognizes innovators who challenge perceptions and break down boundaries faced by the blind.

Please contact the San Diego Center for The Blind if you require assistance for vision loss. We offer many programs that can help.

“Photographer Michael Nye Reflects On My Heart Is Not Blind and Recent Award”


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Correcting the Mutation that Causes Childhood Blindness
blindnessCRISPR – clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats – is a method of genome editing that allows scientists to change an organism's DNA. The possibilities of this technology seem without limit. A new study is about to begin that plans to use CRISPR to treat an inherited eye disorder that causes blindness—Leber congenital amaurosis. The research will involve 18 patients, both children (ages 3 and up) and adults.

The condition is one of the most common causes of childhood blindness, according to the National Institutes of Health. It affects about 2 to 3 newborns out of every 100,000.

If you require vision rehabilitation services, then please contact SDCB. We offer many programs that can help you or a loved one.

“CRISPR Gene Editing Will Be Used Inside Humans For the First Time in Treatment for Blindness”
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Correcting the Mutation that Causes Childhood Blindness
blindnessCRISPR – clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats – is a method of genome editing that allows scientists to change an organism's DNA. The possibilities of this technology seem without limit. A new study is about to begin that plans to use CRISPR to treat an inherited eye disorder that causes blindness—Leber congenital amaurosis. The research will involve 18 patients, both children (ages 3 and up) and adults.

The condition is one of the most common causes of childhood blindness, according to the National Institutes of Health. It affects about 2 to 3 newborns out of every 100,000.

If you require vision rehabilitation services, then please contact SDCB. We offer many programs that can help you or a loved one.

“CRISPR Gene Editing Will Be Used Inside Humans For the First Time in Treatment for Blindness”
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Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month for Children
eye healthHealthy vision for kids is of the utmost importance, which is why Prevent Blindness and the National Optometric Association (NOA) are joining forces to declare August as Children's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month. Untreated eye diseases can worsen as children grow and inhibit kids from excelling in school. The goal for August is to educate parents and caregivers on how to take action and have children screened for vision problems.

"By diagnosing and treating vision problems early, we can actually help prevent vision loss later in life," said Dr. Sherrol A. Reynolds, president of the National Optometric Association.

San Diego Center for the Blind offers several vision loss services and programs; please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

"August is Declared Children's Eye Health and Safety Month by Prevent Blindness and the National Optometric Association"


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Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month for Children
eye healthHealthy vision for kids is of the utmost importance, which is why Prevent Blindness and the National Optometric Association (NOA) are joining forces to declare August as Children's Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month. Untreated eye diseases can worsen as children grow and inhibit kids from excelling in school. The goal for August is to educate parents and caregivers on how to take action and have children screened for vision problems.

"By diagnosing and treating vision problems early, we can actually help prevent vision loss later in life," said Dr. Sherrol A. Reynolds, president of the National Optometric Association.

San Diego Center for the Blind offers several vision loss services and programs; please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

"August is Declared Children's Eye Health and Safety Month by Prevent Blindness and the National Optometric Association"


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A Guide to Eye Disease
vision lossIt is prudent that all Americans take steps to educate themselves about eye diseases and to protect their vision. The human eye is a complex organ that is highly susceptible to encountering problems that can lead to vision loss. Taking the time to learn about common eye conditions and prioritizing routine check-ups can spare people from experiencing vision loss down the road. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

Please reach out to San Diego Center for the Blind if you are impacted by vision impairment or blindness. We offer many services that could help you lead a more independent life.

"A Patient's Guide to Eye Disease"


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A Guide to Eye Disease
vision lossIt is prudent that all Americans take steps to educate themselves about eye diseases and to protect their vision. The human eye is a complex organ that is highly susceptible to encountering problems that can lead to vision loss. Taking the time to learn about common eye conditions and prioritizing routine check-ups can spare people from experiencing vision loss down the road. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

Please reach out to San Diego Center for the Blind if you are impacted by vision impairment or blindness. We offer many services that could help you lead a more independent life.

"A Patient's Guide to Eye Disease"


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Amoeba Causes Permanent Vision Loss
vision lossAcanthamoeba keratitis is a condition that seems like the stuff of science-fiction. However, it's a real-life condition caused by an amoeba. The microbial is commonly found in water, and it can make its way into a person's cornea. People who wear contacts in water, please be advised that you could be putting your eyes at risk. Acanthamoeba keratitis is a rare eye infection which can cause permanent vision loss.

"It's a difficult infection to treat, and it's usually aggressive," said Dr. Shilpa Register, an optometrist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He adds that it can "cause blindness pretty quickly if it's not treated immediately."

If you need visual rehabilitation services, then please contact SDCB. We offer several programs that can improve your life quality.

"Woman Gets Eye Infection that Can Cause Blindness from Swimming and Showering with Her Contact Lenses"


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Amoeba Causes Permanent Vision Loss
vision lossAcanthamoeba keratitis is a condition that seems like the stuff of science-fiction. However, it's a real-life condition caused by an amoeba. The microbial is commonly found in water, and it can make its way into a person's cornea. People who wear contacts in water, please be advised that you could be putting your eyes at risk. Acanthamoeba keratitis is a rare eye infection which can cause permanent vision loss.

"It's a difficult infection to treat, and it's usually aggressive," said Dr. Shilpa Register, an optometrist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He adds that it can "cause blindness pretty quickly if it's not treated immediately."

If you need visual rehabilitation services, then please contact SDCB. We offer several programs that can improve your life quality.

"Woman Gets Eye Infection that Can Cause Blindness from Swimming and Showering with Her Contact Lenses"


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Vision Loss May Increase the Risk of Dementia
vision lossNew research suggests that vision loss or hearing loss can increase a person's chance of developing dementia. A team of researchers from the University of Washington found that having both hearing and sight problems increased dementia risk by 86 percent. If an individual loses one of their senses, then their risk is much smaller—11 percent.

"With no treatments yet able to stop the progression of dementia, it is crucial that we understand the different factors that impact risk and what we might be able to do to change them," said Dr. Sara Imarisio, Head of Research at Alzheimer's Research UK. "This research suggests that loss of multiple senses may increase dementia risk. This could help us to identify people at risk earlier and empower individuals to take targeted steps to reduce their risk of dementia.”

Please contact SDCB if you or someone you love can benefit from vision rehabilitation services. We offer many programs that enhance people's ability to lead more independent lives.

"Loss of multiple senses increases dementia risk"


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Vision Loss May Increase the Risk of Dementia
vision lossNew research suggests that vision loss or hearing loss can increase a person's chance of developing dementia. A team of researchers from the University of Washington found that having both hearing and sight problems increased dementia risk by 86 percent. If an individual loses one of their senses, then their risk is much smaller—11 percent.

"With no treatments yet able to stop the progression of dementia, it is crucial that we understand the different factors that impact risk and what we might be able to do to change them," said Dr. Sara Imarisio, Head of Research at Alzheimer's Research UK. "This research suggests that loss of multiple senses may increase dementia risk. This could help us to identify people at risk earlier and empower individuals to take targeted steps to reduce their risk of dementia.”

Please contact SDCB if you or someone you love can benefit from vision rehabilitation services. We offer many programs that enhance people's ability to lead more independent lives.

"Loss of multiple senses increases dementia risk"


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Braille Patches Help People with Vision Loss Find Independence
BrailleA mother's determination to help her child knows no limits. Gracie Benedith-Cane's son has a rare condition - septo-optic nerve dysplasia - that causes serious visual impairment. A quest to help him live more independently led her to create adhesive braille patches for his clothing. Cane started a company called Braille Code Inc.; she sells the Braille patches to help others utilize her innovative patches.

"The patches, they're adhesive and you could stick them to clothes. And it has directional cues such as back, left, and right," said Wani. "If the Braille's on the inside that means it's inside-out and if it's on the outside, then it means it's fine."

If you are experiencing sight loss, please contact SDCB. We offer many programs and services that can help you lead a more independent life.

"PARENTS Mother invents braille patches to give her visually impaired child independence"


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Braille Patches Help People with Vision Loss Find Independence
BrailleA mother's determination to help her child knows no limits. Gracie Benedith-Cane's son has a rare condition - septo-optic nerve dysplasia - that causes serious visual impairment. A quest to help him live more independently led her to create adhesive braille patches for his clothing. Cane started a company called Braille Code Inc.; she sells the Braille patches to help others utilize her innovative patches.

"The patches, they're adhesive and you could stick them to clothes. And it has directional cues such as back, left, and right," said Wani. "If the Braille's on the inside that means it's inside-out and if it's on the outside, then it means it's fine."

If you are experiencing sight loss, please contact SDCB. We offer many programs and services that can help you lead a more independent life.

"PARENTS Mother invents braille patches to give her visually impaired child independence"


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People Living with Blindness Regain Some Vision
blindnessSix people who were living with blindness had their sight partially restored, thanks to an implant which transmits video images from a camera to the brain. A study, led by a US team of specialists, shows that implanting electrodes in the brain's visual cortex can receive footage from a camera mounted on glasses. Interestingly, the technology bypasses both the eye and the optic nerve altogether.

'It is a real message of hope – I feel within my lifetime we can restore functional sight to the blind,' expert says of successful study.

SDCB specializes in helping people who live with vision impairment and blindness regain their independence. Please contact us to learn more.

"Blind patients have vision partially restored after new brain implant"


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People Living with Blindness Regain Some Vision
blindnessSix people who were living with blindness had their sight partially restored, thanks to an implant which transmits video images from a camera to the brain. A study, led by a US team of specialists, shows that implanting electrodes in the brain's visual cortex can receive footage from a camera mounted on glasses. Interestingly, the technology bypasses both the eye and the optic nerve altogether.

'It is a real message of hope – I feel within my lifetime we can restore functional sight to the blind,' expert says of successful study.

SDCB specializes in helping people who live with vision impairment and blindness regain their independence. Please contact us to learn more.

"Blind patients have vision partially restored after new brain implant"


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Bad Braille Signage Across America
BraillePeople living with vision loss rely on Braille to lead an independent life. However, an investigation reveals incorrect Braille at many public facilities across the country. Vencer Cotton, 41, said that he once entered the women's bathroom because of bad Braille in Washington D.C. Incidents like the one Cotton experienced are not isolated.

"I swing open the door, I dive in, and I get that screaming group of ladies in a haste to put me out," Cotton said. "And that was simply because the sign ... said 'Men' in the Braille."

Now, almost 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, and incorrect Braille appears to be a systemic problem in the U.S.

SDCB can help you or a loved one regain independence and improve your quality of life. Please contact us to learn more.

"Bad braille plagues buildings across U.S., CBS News Radio investigation finds"


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Bad Braille Signage Across America
BraillePeople living with vision loss rely on Braille to lead an independent life. However, an investigation reveals incorrect Braille at many public facilities across the country. Vencer Cotton, 41, said that he once entered the women's bathroom because of bad Braille in Washington D.C. Incidents like the one Cotton experienced are not isolated.

"I swing open the door, I dive in, and I get that screaming group of ladies in a haste to put me out," Cotton said. "And that was simply because the sign ... said 'Men' in the Braille."

Now, almost 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, and incorrect Braille appears to be a systemic problem in the U.S.

SDCB can help you or a loved one regain independence and improve your quality of life. Please contact us to learn more.

"Bad braille plagues buildings across U.S., CBS News Radio investigation finds"


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Blindness Does Not Slow Them Down
blindnessTwo brothers living with blindness completed a 10-kilometer race (6.2 miles) in 2 hours and 41 minutes. Willard J. Walker and John W. Smith walked side by side with their white canes in opposite hands. They were determined to finish the race and were not concerned with how fast they moved. Onlookers shouted out words of encouragement to support the blind athletes.

"I wanted to show people that while we lost our sight, life goes on," said Walker, 63, who participated in his third AJC Peachtree Road Race but the first one without his vision. "People put those who are visually impaired or blind in a box. Even before they meet us, they start talking louder. I can hear you, I'm just visually impaired. We still have families, friends and obligations. That doesn't stop."

Men and women living with blindness can benefit from the programs we offer at SDCB. Please contact us to learn more about our services.

"Blindness doesn't deter brothers from completing 10K road race"


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Blindness Does Not Slow Them Down
blindnessTwo brothers living with blindness completed a 10-kilometer race (6.2 miles) in 2 hours and 41 minutes. Willard J. Walker and John W. Smith walked side by side with their white canes in opposite hands. They were determined to finish the race and were not concerned with how fast they moved. Onlookers shouted out words of encouragement to support the blind athletes.

"I wanted to show people that while we lost our sight, life goes on," said Walker, 63, who participated in his third AJC Peachtree Road Race but the first one without his vision. "People put those who are visually impaired or blind in a box. Even before they meet us, they start talking louder. I can hear you, I'm just visually impaired. We still have families, friends and obligations. That doesn't stop."

Men and women living with blindness can benefit from the programs we offer at SDCB. Please contact us to learn more about our services.

"Blindness doesn't deter brothers from completing 10K road race"


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Blind Author Completes His First Novel
blindDid you know that John Milton produced "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained" more than ten years after going blind? Joel Burcat, 64, is an environmental lawyer and author in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who recently published his first novel. While Burcat's book hasn't received much notoriety, it is novel. You see, he completed "Drink to Every Beast" while legally blind.

"I had to prove to myself that I could do something that one would not normally say a blind person can do," he said. "It was really, really important to me."

Please contact SDCB if you are experiencing vision loss. We offer a number of programs that can improve your quality of life.

"Writing With Your Eyes Closed"


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Blind Author Completes His First Novel
blindDid you know that John Milton produced "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise Regained" more than ten years after going blind? Joel Burcat, 64, is an environmental lawyer and author in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who recently published his first novel. While Burcat's book hasn't received much notoriety, it is novel. You see, he completed "Drink to Every Beast" while legally blind.

"I had to prove to myself that I could do something that one would not normally say a blind person can do," he said. "It was really, really important to me."

Please contact SDCB if you are experiencing vision loss. We offer a number of programs that can improve your quality of life.

"Writing With Your Eyes Closed"


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High School Student Receive Glasses for Color Blindness
blindnessOn June 17th, Penn State Lehigh Valley (PSU-LV) and Pilestone Color Blind officials gifted seven students and local community members with glasses to correct color blindness. Goshuami “Gigi” Valoy-Tineo, Dieruff High School graduate, is one of the recipients. Students also received a Chrome book. Equipped with her new glasses and computer, Valoy-Tineo will be better prepared for college in the fall.

“It’s amazing all of the people and the effort that went into make this happen for me. I plan to wear my glasses all the time for now, I want to know what I’ve been missing!” Valoy-Tineo said. “Through PCCR, I gained academic knowledge, great friends and college credit.”

People in California who are living with vision loss can benefit from SDCB’s program for the visually impaired and blind. Please contact us today to learn more.

“Glasses that correct color blindness presented to high school student”


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High School Student Receive Glasses for Color Blindness
blindnessOn June 17th, Penn State Lehigh Valley (PSU-LV) and Pilestone Color Blind officials gifted seven students and local community members with glasses to correct color blindness. Goshuami “Gigi” Valoy-Tineo, Dieruff High School graduate, is one of the recipients. Students also received a Chrome book. Equipped with her new glasses and computer, Valoy-Tineo will be better prepared for college in the fall.

“It’s amazing all of the people and the effort that went into make this happen for me. I plan to wear my glasses all the time for now, I want to know what I’ve been missing!” Valoy-Tineo said. “Through PCCR, I gained academic knowledge, great friends and college credit.”

People in California who are living with vision loss can benefit from SDCB’s program for the visually impaired and blind. Please contact us today to learn more.

“Glasses that correct color blindness presented to high school student”


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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Combat Blindness
blindnessA benefit concert was held to raise money for a boy with a super rare disease, panhypopituitarism. The condition led to severe autism and blindness in 5-year-old Terren Weidman. However, there is a treatment that could help the young boy called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Unfortunately, it will cost Terren’s family roughly $4,000.

“For kids with autism, it goes anywhere from five words before therapy, to after therapy around 100. We’re hoping because of his rare condition, his cells in his eyes didn’t develop, with this extra oxygen and blood, that he might be able to get some vision before school starts.”

If you are struggling with vision impairment or blindness, then please contact SDCB. Our vision rehabilitation services can help you regain some independence.

“Benefit concert held for local 5-year-old suffering from severe autism, blindness”


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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Combat Blindness
blindnessA benefit concert was held to raise money for a boy with a super rare disease, panhypopituitarism. The condition led to severe autism and blindness in 5-year-old Terren Weidman. However, there is a treatment that could help the young boy called Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Unfortunately, it will cost Terren’s family roughly $4,000.

“For kids with autism, it goes anywhere from five words before therapy, to after therapy around 100. We’re hoping because of his rare condition, his cells in his eyes didn’t develop, with this extra oxygen and blood, that he might be able to get some vision before school starts.”

If you are struggling with vision impairment or blindness, then please contact SDCB. Our vision rehabilitation services can help you regain some independence.

“Benefit concert held for local 5-year-old suffering from severe autism, blindness”


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Scientists Rethink Their Approach to Glaucoma
glaucomaGlaucoma is an incurable eye disease that kills vital nerve cells at the back of the retina, which leads to vision loss. More than 70 million people have the blinding eye condition; 3 million of such people are already living with blindness.

Researchers have begun rethinking their approach to glaucoma’s complexities. They envision a time when treatments can protect nerve cells and maybe even restore lost sight. Currently, there is nothing that can be done once vision is lost. However, scientists may be on the verge of breakthroughs.

“We’re making advances with every different type of treatment,” ophthalmologist Leonard Levin of McGill University in Montreal says.

Please contact San Diego Center for the Blind if you would like assistance with vision loss. We offer many programs that can help.

“Glaucoma can lead to blindness. Researchers foresee changing that.”


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Scientists Rethink Their Approach to Glaucoma
glaucomaGlaucoma is an incurable eye disease that kills vital nerve cells at the back of the retina, which leads to vision loss. More than 70 million people have the blinding eye condition; 3 million of such people are already living with blindness.

Researchers have begun rethinking their approach to glaucoma’s complexities. They envision a time when treatments can protect nerve cells and maybe even restore lost sight. Currently, there is nothing that can be done once vision is lost. However, scientists may be on the verge of breakthroughs.

“We’re making advances with every different type of treatment,” ophthalmologist Leonard Levin of McGill University in Montreal says.

Please contact San Diego Center for the Blind if you would like assistance with vision loss. We offer many programs that can help.

“Glaucoma can lead to blindness. Researchers foresee changing that.”


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Learning what it is Like Living with Blindness
blindnessStudents at Texas Tech took part in a simulation to understand what living with blindness is like. The simulation asked participants to put on blindfolds and ambulate with only the assistance of a white can. Instructors taught the students how to cross streets and use public transportation. The exercise was part of the Sowell Center’s Orientation and Mobility Program.

Heather Withrow is a deaf student involved in the program. Her son was born both blind and deaf.

“My youngest son who was born deaf-blind, he has a totally different way of developing and his movement is super important,” Withrow said.

Please reach out to SDCB if you would like to increase your sense of independence. We offer many programs.

“Texas Tech students participate in blindness simulation”


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Learning what it is Like Living with Blindness
blindnessStudents at Texas Tech took part in a simulation to understand what living with blindness is like. The simulation asked participants to put on blindfolds and ambulate with only the assistance of a white can. Instructors taught the students how to cross streets and use public transportation. The exercise was part of the Sowell Center’s Orientation and Mobility Program.

Heather Withrow is a deaf student involved in the program. Her son was born both blind and deaf.

“My youngest son who was born deaf-blind, he has a totally different way of developing and his movement is super important,” Withrow said.

Please reach out to SDCB if you would like to increase your sense of independence. We offer many programs.

“Texas Tech students participate in blindness simulation”


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The Fate of Braille in the 21st Century
brailleLast weekend, the Braille Institute of America Braille Challenge Finals was held in Los Angeles June 21-22. While Braille is invaluable to people living with blindness, there are indications that many children are not learning it today.

50% of all children who are blind learned Braille in the 1950s, according to the National Federation of the Blind. Even though Braille is exceedingly beneficial to the visually impaired, around one in 10 blind children learn Braille.

Please contact SDCB to find out more about our vision rehabilitation services. Our programs help improve people’s life quality.

“Is Braille Literacy On The Decline?”


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The Fate of Braille in the 21st Century
brailleLast weekend, the Braille Institute of America Braille Challenge Finals was held in Los Angeles June 21-22. While Braille is invaluable to people living with blindness, there are indications that many children are not learning it today.

50% of all children who are blind learned Braille in the 1950s, according to the National Federation of the Blind. Even though Braille is exceedingly beneficial to the visually impaired, around one in 10 blind children learn Braille.

Please contact SDCB to find out more about our vision rehabilitation services. Our programs help improve people’s life quality.

“Is Braille Literacy On The Decline?”


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Preventing Childhood Blindness
blindnessThe World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness has made childhood blindness a significant priority for their VISION 2020 joint global initiative. Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an eye condition that strikes premature babies.

The disorder can result in visual impairment and irreversible blindness. In an effort to address childhood blindness, Bayer is testing its blockbuster aflibercept eye drug, Eylea, to prevent blindness in premature infants. Eylea is approved to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic macular edema.

San Diego Center for the Blind offers programs to help people struggling with vision impairment and blindness. Please contact us to learn more.

“Bayer begins phase 3 trial testing aflibercept in infant blindness”


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Preventing Childhood Blindness
blindnessThe World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness has made childhood blindness a significant priority for their VISION 2020 joint global initiative. Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is an eye condition that strikes premature babies.

The disorder can result in visual impairment and irreversible blindness. In an effort to address childhood blindness, Bayer is testing its blockbuster aflibercept eye drug, Eylea, to prevent blindness in premature infants. Eylea is approved to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy, and diabetic macular edema.

San Diego Center for the Blind offers programs to help people struggling with vision impairment and blindness. Please contact us to learn more.

“Bayer begins phase 3 trial testing aflibercept in infant blindness”


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Scientists Tackle a Progressive Eye Disease
eye diseaseDr. Yutao Liu, a vision scientist, is studying keratoconus’ causes; he hopes to discover a way to better diagnose, treat, and prevent this progressive eye disease. Keratoconus is an eye condition that alters the curvature of the cornea, causing people to experience double vision and nearsightedness. The condition affects an estimated 1 in 2,000. The National Eye Institute is helping Dr. Yutao Liu with his research through a $2.1 million grant.

“We want to help patients better understand what is happening to their vision by better understanding how keratoconus happens, and give physicians better points to intervene,” says the scientist in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at the Medical College of Georgia and James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute at Augusta University.

Please reach out to the San Diego Center for the Blind to learn more about our services.

“Sights are set on better understanding vision-damaging keratoconus”


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Scientists Tackle a Progressive Eye Disease
eye diseaseDr. Yutao Liu, a vision scientist, is studying keratoconus’ causes; he hopes to discover a way to better diagnose, treat, and prevent this progressive eye disease. Keratoconus is an eye condition that alters the curvature of the cornea, causing people to experience double vision and nearsightedness. The condition affects an estimated 1 in 2,000. The National Eye Institute is helping Dr. Yutao Liu with his research through a $2.1 million grant.

“We want to help patients better understand what is happening to their vision by better understanding how keratoconus happens, and give physicians better points to intervene,” says the scientist in the Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy at the Medical College of Georgia and James and Jean Culver Vision Discovery Institute at Augusta University.

Please reach out to the San Diego Center for the Blind to learn more about our services.

“Sights are set on better understanding vision-damaging keratoconus”


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Preventing Visual Impairment in AMD Cases
visual impairmentAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that blurs the sharp, central vision. You may find it surprising to discover that roughly 200 million people in the world are living with AMD. Moreover, about one-fifth of AMD cases progress to an advanced stage, leading to visual impairment.

“The causes of AMD include oxidative stress and the resulting protein misfolding and aggregation, so we are developing a heat treatment for the back of the eye, which strengthens the defense mechanisms of retinal cells,” said Professor Ari Koskelainen. “These mechanisms help proteins refold back into their correct forms, and at the same time stimulate the natural healing process.”

There are two types of Advanced AMD—wet and dry. The former can be treated addressed with eye injections. However, scientists have yet to develop an effective treatment for dry AMD. Researchers hope to develop a method to halt disease progression.

Please contact SDCB if you or someone you care about is struggling with visual impairment. We offer several programs that can improve life-quality.

“New laser therapy seeks to halt the progression of age-related vision loss”


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Preventing Visual Impairment in AMD Cases
visual impairmentAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a disease that blurs the sharp, central vision. You may find it surprising to discover that roughly 200 million people in the world are living with AMD. Moreover, about one-fifth of AMD cases progress to an advanced stage, leading to visual impairment.

“The causes of AMD include oxidative stress and the resulting protein misfolding and aggregation, so we are developing a heat treatment for the back of the eye, which strengthens the defense mechanisms of retinal cells,” said Professor Ari Koskelainen. “These mechanisms help proteins refold back into their correct forms, and at the same time stimulate the natural healing process.”

There are two types of Advanced AMD—wet and dry. The former can be treated addressed with eye injections. However, scientists have yet to develop an effective treatment for dry AMD. Researchers hope to develop a method to halt disease progression.

Please contact SDCB if you or someone you care about is struggling with visual impairment. We offer several programs that can improve life-quality.

“New laser therapy seeks to halt the progression of age-related vision loss”


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Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week
blindnessDid you know that the last week in June is “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week?” At this time, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of people who are living with blindness and hearing loss.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation declaring the week-long observance. This year’s theme is: MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH THE DEAF-BLIND COMMUNITY. The organization states:

“HKNC and its partners are engaging with people who are deaf-blind and making real connections. We all have the power to connect and create relationships that transcend any of our differences and bring enrichment to our lives and to our community.”

If you are facing challenges due to visual impairment or blindness, please contact SDCB to learn about the services we provide. We can help you regain some independence.

“Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, June 23 – 29, 2019”


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Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week
blindnessDid you know that the last week in June is “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week?” At this time, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of people who are living with blindness and hearing loss.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation declaring the week-long observance. This year’s theme is: MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH THE DEAF-BLIND COMMUNITY. The organization states:

“HKNC and its partners are engaging with people who are deaf-blind and making real connections. We all have the power to connect and create relationships that transcend any of our differences and bring enrichment to our lives and to our community.”

If you are facing challenges due to visual impairment or blindness, please contact SDCB to learn about the services we provide. We can help you regain some independence.

“Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, June 23 – 29, 2019”


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