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Vision Loss Impacts Cerebral Cortex
vision lossResearchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum found that genetic vision loss impacts the organization of the cerebral cortex and memory ability. The research, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, shows that in the months after blindness emerged in mice with a genetic defect, the density of neurotransmitter receptors required for memory encoding was altered in all areas of the cortex that process sensory information. What’s more, the hippocampus was profoundly affected; it is an area of the brain that plays a significant role in memory processes.

"After blindness occurs, the brain tries to compensate for the loss by ramping up its sensitivity to the missing visual signals," explains Denise Manahan-Vaughan, who led the study. “Our study shows that this process of reorganization is supported by extensive changes in the expression and function of key neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. This is a major undertaking, during which time the hippocampus' ability to store spatial experiences is hampered."

                                                               
SDCB offer many programs designed to assist people living with vision loss. Please contact us to learn more.

“How the brain reacts to loss of vision”


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Vision Loss Impacts Cerebral Cortex
vision lossResearchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum found that genetic vision loss impacts the organization of the cerebral cortex and memory ability. The research, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, shows that in the months after blindness emerged in mice with a genetic defect, the density of neurotransmitter receptors required for memory encoding was altered in all areas of the cortex that process sensory information. What’s more, the hippocampus was profoundly affected; it is an area of the brain that plays a significant role in memory processes.

"After blindness occurs, the brain tries to compensate for the loss by ramping up its sensitivity to the missing visual signals," explains Denise Manahan-Vaughan, who led the study. “Our study shows that this process of reorganization is supported by extensive changes in the expression and function of key neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. This is a major undertaking, during which time the hippocampus' ability to store spatial experiences is hampered."

                                                               
SDCB offer many programs designed to assist people living with vision loss. Please contact us to learn more.

“How the brain reacts to loss of vision”


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Blind Sailors Need No Human Assistance
blindIn the past, blind people who wanted to sail had to rely on sighted crewmembers. Today, technology allows adaptive sports athletes the ability take to the seas without human assistance. Blind people can do more than just sail, they can race! A new technology, called the Homerus Autonomous Sailing System, enables blind sailors to race without any sighted crew onboard. The system allows people to sail by sound.


If you are blind or have a vision impairment, please contact SDCB for assistance. We offer several innovative programs that can improve life quality.

“Sailing Blind”


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Blind Sailors Need No Human Assistance
blindIn the past, blind people who wanted to sail had to rely on sighted crewmembers. Today, technology allows adaptive sports athletes the ability take to the seas without human assistance. Blind people can do more than just sail, they can race! A new technology, called the Homerus Autonomous Sailing System, enables blind sailors to race without any sighted crew onboard. The system allows people to sail by sound.


If you are blind or have a vision impairment, please contact SDCB for assistance. We offer several innovative programs that can improve life quality.

“Sailing Blind”


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New Treatment for Child Blindness
blindnessLeber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is one of the most common causes of childhood blindness. The findings of a small clinical study published recently in Nature Medicine highlights the results of a new therapy that improved the vision of children living with LCA. Study participants were treated with an intraocular injection of an oligonucleotide, an RNA molecule.

“It was very dramatic to see one of the patients improve from only being able to differentiate light or dark to reading many letters on an eye chart at two months following the first injection,” noted lead study investigator Artur Cideciyan, Ph.D., a research professor of ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “So, we performed a thorough interim analysis of all results from all patients.”

Please contact the San Diego Center for The Blind to learn more about the programs we offer.

Injectable RNA Therapy Dramatically Improves Vision in Child Blindness


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New Treatment for Child Blindness
blindnessLeber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is one of the most common causes of childhood blindness. The findings of a small clinical study published recently in Nature Medicine highlights the results of a new therapy that improved the vision of children living with LCA. Study participants were treated with an intraocular injection of an oligonucleotide, an RNA molecule.

“It was very dramatic to see one of the patients improve from only being able to differentiate light or dark to reading many letters on an eye chart at two months following the first injection,” noted lead study investigator Artur Cideciyan, Ph.D., a research professor of ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “So, we performed a thorough interim analysis of all results from all patients.”

Please contact the San Diego Center for The Blind to learn more about the programs we offer.

Injectable RNA Therapy Dramatically Improves Vision in Child Blindness


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The Blind Boys of Alabama
blindRising to fame during the tumultuous and unfortunate Jim Crow Era, the Blind Boys of Alabama band has been inspiring people with their American gospel music since 1939. The music group came out of the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind. Since the group's inception, the Blind Boys of Alabama has won five Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Grammy award. Over the years the ensemble has performed for three presidents and collaborated with Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Stevie Wonder, and Peter Gabriel.

“The Blind Boys are a blind group, and they are Grammy winners, lifetime achievement winners, and they have proven that a disability doesn’t have to be a handicap,” said Ricky McKinnie, the group’s business manager and one of its singers. “It’s not what you can’t do; it’s about what you can do that makes a difference.”

If you require assistance with visual impairment or vision loss, please contact the San Diego Center for the Blind.

“Gospel legends in for Christmas show”


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The Blind Boys of Alabama
blindRising to fame during the tumultuous and unfortunate Jim Crow Era, the Blind Boys of Alabama band has been inspiring people with their American gospel music since 1939. The music group came out of the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind. Since the group's inception, the Blind Boys of Alabama has won five Grammy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Grammy award. Over the years the ensemble has performed for three presidents and collaborated with Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Stevie Wonder, and Peter Gabriel.

“The Blind Boys are a blind group, and they are Grammy winners, lifetime achievement winners, and they have proven that a disability doesn’t have to be a handicap,” said Ricky McKinnie, the group’s business manager and one of its singers. “It’s not what you can’t do; it’s about what you can do that makes a difference.”

If you require assistance with visual impairment or vision loss, please contact the San Diego Center for the Blind.

“Gospel legends in for Christmas show”


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Hundreds of Children Living With Color Blindness
blindnessWhen Dr. Elizabeth Martin learned that her son was struggling with color blindness, she informed his school teacher. Naturally, adjustments were made in class to cater to the child’s color deficiency. However, Dr. Martin was concerned that some of her son’s classmates may also be color blind. She spoke with the school district superintendent; and, a plan was developed to test 11,000 students in grades K-12 throughout the semester.

“I volunteered to help the nurses test and realized many of these kids had no idea they were colorblind,” Martin said.

Please contact SDCB if your life is impacted by vision loss. We offer many programs that can assist you in regaining your independence.

“Roanoke City Schools discover hundreds of students may be color-blind"


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Hundreds of Children Living With Color Blindness
blindnessWhen Dr. Elizabeth Martin learned that her son was struggling with color blindness, she informed his school teacher. Naturally, adjustments were made in class to cater to the child’s color deficiency. However, Dr. Martin was concerned that some of her son’s classmates may also be color blind. She spoke with the school district superintendent; and, a plan was developed to test 11,000 students in grades K-12 throughout the semester.

“I volunteered to help the nurses test and realized many of these kids had no idea they were colorblind,” Martin said.

Please contact SDCB if your life is impacted by vision loss. We offer many programs that can assist you in regaining your independence.

“Roanoke City Schools discover hundreds of students may be color-blind"


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Take a Leap of Faith to Find a Cure for Blindness
blindnessBrothers Bradford and Bryan Manning are living with Stargardt disease, a type of macular degeneration affecting central vision. The brothers are committed to helping fund blindness research; they started a charitable apparel company called Blind Brothers – 100 percent of profits go to retinal research. This Christmas, the Mannings are inviting people to "shop blind." Their website states:

"The ethos behind Shop Blind is simple: we blacked out our website so that you won't be able to see any of the items we normally sell. The premise of Shop Blind is 'trust' — we’re asking you to trust us to get a product we think you will LOVE without ever having seen it; the same way we place our trust in others to accomplish everyday tasks many often take for granted."

If you need assistance with vision loss, then you have come to the right place. SDCB offers several innovative programs to assist people living with visual impairment.

“Would you shop blind (for a cause)?”


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Take a Leap of Faith to Find a Cure for Blindness
blindnessBrothers Bradford and Bryan Manning are living with Stargardt disease, a type of macular degeneration affecting central vision. The brothers are committed to helping fund blindness research; they started a charitable apparel company called Blind Brothers – 100 percent of profits go to retinal research. This Christmas, the Mannings are inviting people to "shop blind." Their website states:

"The ethos behind Shop Blind is simple: we blacked out our website so that you won't be able to see any of the items we normally sell. The premise of Shop Blind is 'trust' — we’re asking you to trust us to get a product we think you will LOVE without ever having seen it; the same way we place our trust in others to accomplish everyday tasks many often take for granted."

If you need assistance with vision loss, then you have come to the right place. SDCB offers several innovative programs to assist people living with visual impairment.

“Would you shop blind (for a cause)?”


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Shattering The Myths About Blind Parents
blind parentsWhy do people have such completely inaccurate ideas about blind parents? It's a question that someone joining a Facebook group for blind parents might ask. Despite there being about 10 million blind people in the United States, it is possible for someone with vision loss to go their entire life without forming a meaningful relationship with other blind members in their community. Stacy Cervenka, who serves as the Chair of the National Federation of the Blind’s Blind Parents Group, opens a dialogue about the common myths and misconceptions the general public has about blind parents.

“I often think that there is an advantage to Greg and I both being blind: At least no one thinks that only one of us is doing all of the parenting!” 

Please reach out to SDCB to learn more about the programs we offer for people living with sight loss.

“Myths and Misconceptions About Parents Who Are Blind”


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Shattering The Myths About Blind Parents
blind parentsWhy do people have such completely inaccurate ideas about blind parents? It's a question that someone joining a Facebook group for blind parents might ask. Despite there being about 10 million blind people in the United States, it is possible for someone with vision loss to go their entire life without forming a meaningful relationship with other blind members in their community. Stacy Cervenka, who serves as the Chair of the National Federation of the Blind’s Blind Parents Group, opens a dialogue about the common myths and misconceptions the general public has about blind parents.

“I often think that there is an advantage to Greg and I both being blind: At least no one thinks that only one of us is doing all of the parenting!” 

Please reach out to SDCB to learn more about the programs we offer for people living with sight loss.

“Myths and Misconceptions About Parents Who Are Blind”


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Overcoming Vision Loss With Leader Dogs
blindnessLeader Dogs for the Blind is a guide dog training school in Michigan founded in 1939 by Lions Club members. Over the decades, the organization has paired more than 14,000 guide dogs with the visually impaired. Blooming Prairie Lions Club member Paul Dale has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease causing vision problems and blindness. Mr. Dale and his Leader Dog, Summit, recently met with a group of fourth graders to discuss how his guide dog helped him overcome vision loss.

"Pretty much every kid in the classroom got to pet her once. Her head was in the air and her tail a wagging."

We invite people living with vision loss to contact the San Diego Center for the Blind. We offer several programs that can help improve your quality of life.

“Lion Paul Dale And Leader Dog Teach Students About Blindness”


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Overcoming Vision Loss With Leader Dogs
blindnessLeader Dogs for the Blind is a guide dog training school in Michigan founded in 1939 by Lions Club members. Over the decades, the organization has paired more than 14,000 guide dogs with the visually impaired. Blooming Prairie Lions Club member Paul Dale has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease causing vision problems and blindness. Mr. Dale and his Leader Dog, Summit, recently met with a group of fourth graders to discuss how his guide dog helped him overcome vision loss.

"Pretty much every kid in the classroom got to pet her once. Her head was in the air and her tail a wagging."

We invite people living with vision loss to contact the San Diego Center for the Blind. We offer several programs that can help improve your quality of life.

“Lion Paul Dale And Leader Dog Teach Students About Blindness”


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Heathrow Airport Caters to People Living With Visual Impairment
visually impairmentAira, a free-to-use app, connects airline passengers living with visual impairment directly to a trained professional agent for guidance on navigating through Heathrow airport. Those who use Aira can get help finding specific locations, such as gates and special assistance facilities. The airport is also SignLive-friendly, this app connects passengers to trained British Sign Language translators on demand.

“We are transforming the assistance service we provide to our passengers and empowering them to be as independent as possible when they are travelling through Heathrow,” said Jonathan Coen, Director of Customer Relations and Service at Heathrow Airport. “We have already invested £23 million in an upgraded contract with our special assistance partner, OmniServ, and introducing new equipment, training and technology to help improve our service. Aira takes us one step further – and will deliver a better travel experience for the 6,000 passengers each year that would otherwise feel less independent and less prepared when they begin their journey via Heathrow.”

If you require assistance for visual impairment or vision loss, please contact the San Diego Center for the Blind.

“Heathrow Airport using Aira app to support visually impaired passengers”


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Heathrow Airport Caters to People Living With Visual Impairment
visually impairmentAira, a free-to-use app, connects airline passengers living with visual impairment directly to a trained professional agent for guidance on navigating through Heathrow airport. Those who use Aira can get help finding specific locations, such as gates and special assistance facilities. The airport is also SignLive-friendly, this app connects passengers to trained British Sign Language translators on demand.

“We are transforming the assistance service we provide to our passengers and empowering them to be as independent as possible when they are travelling through Heathrow,” said Jonathan Coen, Director of Customer Relations and Service at Heathrow Airport. “We have already invested £23 million in an upgraded contract with our special assistance partner, OmniServ, and introducing new equipment, training and technology to help improve our service. Aira takes us one step further – and will deliver a better travel experience for the 6,000 passengers each year that would otherwise feel less independent and less prepared when they begin their journey via Heathrow.”

If you require assistance for visual impairment or vision loss, please contact the San Diego Center for the Blind.

“Heathrow Airport using Aira app to support visually impaired passengers”


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Blindness Can Result From Corneal Grafts
blindnessPrion diseases result from abnormal prion proteins accumulating in the brain. The proteins form lesions that can precipitate progressive neurodegeneration. One such condition of this type is Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease or sCJD, which researchers believe can be passed on to patients receiving corneal grafts from the donor. Blindness will ultimately develop in up to 42% of sCJD patients.

The research team notes:

“Corneal grafts from prion-infected patients have led to two probably and three possible cases of iatrogenic prion transmission.”

These findings could guide scientists on the quest for developing early diagnostic tests for sCJD.

If you are struggling with visual impairment or blindness, please reach out to SDCB for help.

Prion Disease May Be Transmitted by Eye Surgery


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Blindness Can Result From Corneal Grafts
blindnessPrion diseases result from abnormal prion proteins accumulating in the brain. The proteins form lesions that can precipitate progressive neurodegeneration. One such condition of this type is Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease or sCJD, which researchers believe can be passed on to patients receiving corneal grafts from the donor. Blindness will ultimately develop in up to 42% of sCJD patients.

The research team notes:

“Corneal grafts from prion-infected patients have led to two probably and three possible cases of iatrogenic prion transmission.”

These findings could guide scientists on the quest for developing early diagnostic tests for sCJD.

If you are struggling with visual impairment or blindness, please reach out to SDCB for help.

Prion Disease May Be Transmitted by Eye Surgery


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Laser Pointers Can Cause Blindness
blindnessLaser pointers are commonplace in homes with cats; felines will chase the red or green dot for hours if given the opportunity. While the devices may be scads of fun for cats, severe problems can crop up when directed toward the human eye. Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation; if the beam hits the retina, it can lead to blind spots and blindness. The damage can happen in seconds—users beware!

“The damage could probably happen in just a few seconds," said Optometrist Dr. Andrew Hunt. “If they hit the retina, they can cause damage.  We can get retinal holes that can lead to permanent blind spots in our vision.”

SDCB offers many programs that can help people living with blindness. Please contact our team to learn more.

Common household item could cause eye damage and blindness


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Laser Pointers Can Cause Blindness
blindnessLaser pointers are commonplace in homes with cats; felines will chase the red or green dot for hours if given the opportunity. While the devices may be scads of fun for cats, severe problems can crop up when directed toward the human eye. Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation; if the beam hits the retina, it can lead to blind spots and blindness. The damage can happen in seconds—users beware!

“The damage could probably happen in just a few seconds," said Optometrist Dr. Andrew Hunt. “If they hit the retina, they can cause damage.  We can get retinal holes that can lead to permanent blind spots in our vision.”

SDCB offers many programs that can help people living with blindness. Please contact our team to learn more.

Common household item could cause eye damage and blindness


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Couple Finds Key to Reversing Blindness
blindness.jpgA research team is using gene therapy to combat blindness and give some patients the gift of sight. Jean Bennett and Albert Maguire – a husband-and-wife research team at the University of Pennsylvania – gave Misty Lovelace the ultimate gift, thanks to a treatment they developed. Lovelace has, or had, a genetic condition called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), but thanks to the Maguire’s treatment she can see again. The procedure is better known today under the name Luxturna. Lovelace said:

“It’s just, wow, like hitting the lottery. They did it. They opened the doors for everybody.”

If your life quality is impacted by visual impairment or blindness, please contact SDCB. We can help you regain your independence.

A New Treatment for Blindness Comes From Gene Therapy


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Couple Finds Key to Reversing Blindness
blindness.jpgA research team is using gene therapy to combat blindness and give some patients the gift of sight. Jean Bennett and Albert Maguire – a husband-and-wife research team at the University of Pennsylvania – gave Misty Lovelace the ultimate gift, thanks to a treatment they developed. Lovelace has, or had, a genetic condition called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), but thanks to the Maguire’s treatment she can see again. The procedure is better known today under the name Luxturna. Lovelace said:

“It’s just, wow, like hitting the lottery. They did it. They opened the doors for everybody.”

If your life quality is impacted by visual impairment or blindness, please contact SDCB. We can help you regain your independence.

A New Treatment for Blindness Comes From Gene Therapy


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A Gift for Color Blindness
blindnessWhile color blindness is not the most severe form of visual impairment, it has a serious impact on the lives of millions of people. Recently, Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Dishmon was given a life-changing gift from his co-workers. Deputy Dishmon is color blind, so his colleagues joined forces and purchased him a pair of EnChroma glasses. The smart lenses correct color blindness! When asked what he sees, he responded, "A different world."

SDCB is here to help people who are living with vision loss; please contact our team to learn more.

“Take a look at this: Color blind cop sees color for the first time!”


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A Gift for Color Blindness
blindnessWhile color blindness is not the most severe form of visual impairment, it has a serious impact on the lives of millions of people. Recently, Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Dishmon was given a life-changing gift from his co-workers. Deputy Dishmon is color blind, so his colleagues joined forces and purchased him a pair of EnChroma glasses. The smart lenses correct color blindness! When asked what he sees, he responded, "A different world."

SDCB is here to help people who are living with vision loss; please contact our team to learn more.

“Take a look at this: Color blind cop sees color for the first time!”


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A Better Way to Combat Blindness
blindnessTreating eye conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration often involves the use of eye drops: but is that the most effective method for preventing blindness? Researchers in Singapore contend that an eyepatch – laden with microneedles – could be more beneficial to patients than eye drops; the new way of administering drugs to treat eye diseases may be the future.

“This work provides a new strategy for efficient drug delivery into the eye,” Chen Peng, a professor in the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, told Digital Trends. “With simple pressing of the eye patch on the eye, the detachable tiny needles can penetrate the ocular surface tissue, and serve as implanted micro-drug-reservoirs. The biphasic drug release kinetics enabled by the double-layered micro-reservoirs largely enhances the therapeutic efficacy.”  

SDCB is fully equipped to help you or a loved one lead an independent life despite blindness. Please contact us to learn more.

“Sticking these tiny needles in your eye may help fight blindness”


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A Better Way to Combat Blindness
blindnessTreating eye conditions like glaucoma and macular degeneration often involves the use of eye drops: but is that the most effective method for preventing blindness? Researchers in Singapore contend that an eyepatch – laden with microneedles – could be more beneficial to patients than eye drops; the new way of administering drugs to treat eye diseases may be the future.

“This work provides a new strategy for efficient drug delivery into the eye,” Chen Peng, a professor in the School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, told Digital Trends. “With simple pressing of the eye patch on the eye, the detachable tiny needles can penetrate the ocular surface tissue, and serve as implanted micro-drug-reservoirs. The biphasic drug release kinetics enabled by the double-layered micro-reservoirs largely enhances the therapeutic efficacy.”  

SDCB is fully equipped to help you or a loved one lead an independent life despite blindness. Please contact us to learn more.

“Sticking these tiny needles in your eye may help fight blindness”


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Playing Outside Can Prevent Visual Impairment
visual impairmentIn the 21st Century many young people spend the bulk of their time staring at smartphones and computers. Children today who spurn outdoor activities may be putting their vision at risk. While short-sightedness, or myopia, is often attributed to genetics, experts say otherwise; researchers say that children who do not spend enough time outdoors are at a higher risk of visual impairment.

"There is not much you can do about when your child is born … but periods indoors doing indoor activities does increase your risk of myopia," study co-author Katie Williams. "A healthy balance of time outdoors and a balance during early education is important."

Please contact SDCB if you require assistance for vision loss or impairment. We offer several innovative programs that can improve your life quality.

“Children Really Need to "Go Play Outside" to Prevent a Serious Eyesight Problem, Researchers Warn”


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Playing Outside Can Prevent Visual Impairment
visual impairmentIn the 21st Century many young people spend the bulk of their time staring at smartphones and computers. Children today who spurn outdoor activities may be putting their vision at risk. While short-sightedness, or myopia, is often attributed to genetics, experts say otherwise; researchers say that children who do not spend enough time outdoors are at a higher risk of visual impairment.

"There is not much you can do about when your child is born … but periods indoors doing indoor activities does increase your risk of myopia," study co-author Katie Williams. "A healthy balance of time outdoors and a balance during early education is important."

Please contact SDCB if you require assistance for vision loss or impairment. We offer several innovative programs that can improve your life quality.

“Children Really Need to "Go Play Outside" to Prevent a Serious Eyesight Problem, Researchers Warn”


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Teacher Living WIth Color Blindness Gets Life Changing Gift
blindnessTyler Henderson is a chorus teacher who is colorblind. His students pooled their resources and purchased special glasses which allow Mr. Henderson to experience color. Henderson’s students had to determine which kind of color blindness he had so they could get the proper lenses. Color blindness or color vision deficiency is the decreased ability to see color or variations in color.

“I was really, really overwhelmed," said Tyler Henderson. "I couldn't really hold it in and the only thing that I tried to say to as many of them as possible was that I loved them."


Please reach out to SDCB if you need assistance, we offer many programs designed to aid people living with visual impairment.

“Students surprise colorblind teacher with the gift of color”


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Teacher Living WIth Color Blindness Gets Life Changing Gift
blindnessTyler Henderson is a chorus teacher who is colorblind. His students pooled their resources and purchased special glasses which allow Mr. Henderson to experience color. Henderson’s students had to determine which kind of color blindness he had so they could get the proper lenses. Color blindness or color vision deficiency is the decreased ability to see color or variations in color.

“I was really, really overwhelmed," said Tyler Henderson. "I couldn't really hold it in and the only thing that I tried to say to as many of them as possible was that I loved them."


Please reach out to SDCB if you need assistance, we offer many programs designed to aid people living with visual impairment.

“Students surprise colorblind teacher with the gift of color”


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Blindness Will Not Shatter Dreams
blindnessCody Marbutt, a Kishwaukee Community College student, is not letting blindness stand in the path of achieving his goals. Marbutt is studying audio production; he hopes to do voice-overs and narrate audiobooks in the future. What’s more, the 23-year-old student is also a talented pianist. On November 2, Marbutt spoke to elementary students about living with vision loss and read Braille to the youngsters.

"I learned that if you're blind, that doesn't mean you can't do stuff that other people can do," said a fifth-grade student, Liza Kovalev. "He plays piano better than me and I've been taking piano lessons since I was 4."

SDCB can assist people struggling with visual impairment; we offer several programs that can help you or your loved one with day-to-day tasks.

“Blind college student provides inspiration to Bell Graham students”


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Blindness Will Not Shatter Dreams
blindnessCody Marbutt, a Kishwaukee Community College student, is not letting blindness stand in the path of achieving his goals. Marbutt is studying audio production; he hopes to do voice-overs and narrate audiobooks in the future. What’s more, the 23-year-old student is also a talented pianist. On November 2, Marbutt spoke to elementary students about living with vision loss and read Braille to the youngsters.

"I learned that if you're blind, that doesn't mean you can't do stuff that other people can do," said a fifth-grade student, Liza Kovalev. "He plays piano better than me and I've been taking piano lessons since I was 4."

SDCB can assist people struggling with visual impairment; we offer several programs that can help you or your loved one with day-to-day tasks.

“Blind college student provides inspiration to Bell Graham students”


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Finishing Education Despite Blindness
blindnessA student at Texas Tech lost his vision after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor.  Colin Baxter, 22, a senior at Texas Tech, underwent a 14-hour surgery to remove some of a tumor that (among other things) put pressure on his optic nerve causing him to go blind. Following the surgery, Baxter woke up to find he was now living with blindness. In spite of his unfortunate discovery, Colin decided he was not going to let his disability prevent him from finishing his education.

“Being a history major, I’m not the first blind person and I won’t be the last, so it's just kind of making a conscious decision, you can be angry or disappointed and I’m just happy to be alive,” Baxter said.

If vision loss affecting your life quality, SDCB offers many programs that can help.

“Texas Tech student returns for senior year after battle with blindness”


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Finishing Education Despite Blindness
blindnessA student at Texas Tech lost his vision after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor.  Colin Baxter, 22, a senior at Texas Tech, underwent a 14-hour surgery to remove some of a tumor that (among other things) put pressure on his optic nerve causing him to go blind. Following the surgery, Baxter woke up to find he was now living with blindness. In spite of his unfortunate discovery, Colin decided he was not going to let his disability prevent him from finishing his education.

“Being a history major, I’m not the first blind person and I won’t be the last, so it's just kind of making a conscious decision, you can be angry or disappointed and I’m just happy to be alive,” Baxter said.

If vision loss affecting your life quality, SDCB offers many programs that can help.

“Texas Tech student returns for senior year after battle with blindness”


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Blind Student Recounts Story of Getting Her First Guide Dog
blindUSF student Zoe Garcia has – like all visually impaired people – dealt with significant challenges in her life; then she was matched with a black lab guide dog named Fezzi who is helping the young student work towards her dreams. Zoe has a genetic eye condition called Bilateral Colobomas; the disease causes degenerative eyesight and retinal detachment issues.

“I’ve had her for a month now, and I just feel like I can do a lot of things that I didn’t use to do by myself. I go out more, I explore more,” said Garcia.

If you require assistance, SDCB can help you regain your independence. We invite you to learn more about our programs.

“'I've been alone a long time': Blind USF student tells story of getting her first guide dog”


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Blind Student Recounts Story of Getting Her First Guide Dog
blindUSF student Zoe Garcia has – like all visually impaired people – dealt with significant challenges in her life; then she was matched with a black lab guide dog named Fezzi who is helping the young student work towards her dreams. Zoe has a genetic eye condition called Bilateral Colobomas; the disease causes degenerative eyesight and retinal detachment issues.

“I’ve had her for a month now, and I just feel like I can do a lot of things that I didn’t use to do by myself. I go out more, I explore more,” said Garcia.

If you require assistance, SDCB can help you regain your independence. We invite you to learn more about our programs.

“'I've been alone a long time': Blind USF student tells story of getting her first guide dog”


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Blind Classical Singer Joins Forces With His Son
blindBlind tenor and award-winning classical singer Andrea Bocelli is joining forces with his youngest son, Matteo. The duet can be heard performing together on Bocelli’s first album with new songs in 14 years. Interestingly, Bocelli first discovered his son could sing just two years ago.

"Because he stayed at the piano, he knows music just for this… And one time his mother came to me and said, 'Have you heard Matteo sing?' And I said no. And she said, 'Listen to him because he's very nice,'" Andrea recalled.

If you are blind or visually impaired, please contact SDCB to learn more about the programs we offer.

“Andrea Bocelli didn't know his son could sing until 2 years ago – now they're teaming up”


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Blind Classical Singer Joins Forces With His Son
blindBlind tenor and award-winning classical singer Andrea Bocelli is joining forces with his youngest son, Matteo. The duet can be heard performing together on Bocelli’s first album with new songs in 14 years. Interestingly, Bocelli first discovered his son could sing just two years ago.

"Because he stayed at the piano, he knows music just for this… And one time his mother came to me and said, 'Have you heard Matteo sing?' And I said no. And she said, 'Listen to him because he's very nice,'" Andrea recalled.

If you are blind or visually impaired, please contact SDCB to learn more about the programs we offer.

“Andrea Bocelli didn't know his son could sing until 2 years ago – now they're teaming up”


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Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month
eye diseaseNovember is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month! Diabetes is one of the more common causes of eye disease and vision loss; diabetes is, in fact, the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults, according to Prevent Blindness America. This month, our goal is to encourage more people with diabetes to seek care for vision problems.



Please contact the San Diego Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired if you require assistance. We offer several innovative programs to help people with blinding eye diseases.

“November Is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month: Learn More About Diabetes and Your Eyes”


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Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month
eye diseaseNovember is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month! Diabetes is one of the more common causes of eye disease and vision loss; diabetes is, in fact, the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults, according to Prevent Blindness America. This month, our goal is to encourage more people with diabetes to seek care for vision problems.



Please contact the San Diego Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired if you require assistance. We offer several innovative programs to help people with blinding eye diseases.

“November Is Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month: Learn More About Diabetes and Your Eyes”


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Advancing Blindness Research Through Eye Bonds
blindnessWith Veterans Day on the horizon, it is important to remember the 1 million veterans have suffered visual impairment; 130,000 service men and women are living in blindness. Lawmakers hope to one day restore vision for Veterans through the Faster Treatments and Cures for Eye Diseases Act (H.R. 6421). The bipartisan bill would give birth to Eye Bonds that finance research for the entire eye. Eye bonds could help new research get from the first stage to federal regulatory approval.

Please contact SDCB for more information about how our programs can assist you with vision loss.

“Honor blind veterans by advancing vision-restoring treatments”


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Advancing Blindness Research Through Eye Bonds
blindnessWith Veterans Day on the horizon, it is important to remember the 1 million veterans have suffered visual impairment; 130,000 service men and women are living in blindness. Lawmakers hope to one day restore vision for Veterans through the Faster Treatments and Cures for Eye Diseases Act (H.R. 6421). The bipartisan bill would give birth to Eye Bonds that finance research for the entire eye. Eye bonds could help new research get from the first stage to federal regulatory approval.

Please contact SDCB for more information about how our programs can assist you with vision loss.

“Honor blind veterans by advancing vision-restoring treatments”


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Protecting Against Blindness With Medication
blindnessA new study shows that diabetes medication can do more than influence blood-sugar levels. The research indicates that metformin, a common diabetes medication, could protect against blindness. Researchers found that patients taking the drug had a significantly lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration or AMD. The findings were presented at an American Academy of Ophthalmology conference. 

“Our study is the first to reveal the protective effect of metformin on the development of AMD,” lead investigator Yu-Yen Chen said in a statement. “While more study is required to determine just how metformin protects against the development of AMD, this is an exciting development for patients at risk.”

We invite you to learn more about the programs offered at SDCB for people living with blindness or visual impairment.

“This common diabetes medication may protect against blindness, study says”


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Protecting Against Blindness With Medication
blindnessA new study shows that diabetes medication can do more than influence blood-sugar levels. The research indicates that metformin, a common diabetes medication, could protect against blindness. Researchers found that patients taking the drug had a significantly lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration or AMD. The findings were presented at an American Academy of Ophthalmology conference. 

“Our study is the first to reveal the protective effect of metformin on the development of AMD,” lead investigator Yu-Yen Chen said in a statement. “While more study is required to determine just how metformin protects against the development of AMD, this is an exciting development for patients at risk.”

We invite you to learn more about the programs offered at SDCB for people living with blindness or visual impairment.

“This common diabetes medication may protect against blindness, study says”


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From Blindness to Art Therapy
blindnessAlbert Jordan Arguilla, born with septo-optic dysplasia – the disease caused total blindness in his right eye and partial vision in his left eye – is a Southwestern College Arts Major. He plans to become an art therapist so that he can help others with disabilities. After all, painting helped Arguilla cope with his visual impairment; he says that art helped him deal with his depression.

“The only thing I’ve wanted more than becoming an artist is helping people,” he said. “Whether it’s to help people through their hardships and struggles, helping them find their way in life, or helping them reach their dreams and goals through art or not. I feel like I can do all that and more by pursuing art therapy.”

If you need assistance, SDCB offers several programs to aid people living with vision loss.

“Blind student finds his flow with painting”


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From Blindness to Art Therapy
blindnessAlbert Jordan Arguilla, born with septo-optic dysplasia – the disease caused total blindness in his right eye and partial vision in his left eye – is a Southwestern College Arts Major. He plans to become an art therapist so that he can help others with disabilities. After all, painting helped Arguilla cope with his visual impairment; he says that art helped him deal with his depression.

“The only thing I’ve wanted more than becoming an artist is helping people,” he said. “Whether it’s to help people through their hardships and struggles, helping them find their way in life, or helping them reach their dreams and goals through art or not. I feel like I can do all that and more by pursuing art therapy.”

If you need assistance, SDCB offers several programs to aid people living with vision loss.

“Blind student finds his flow with painting”


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Working Around Blindness to Paint
blindnessIt is astonishing the things that human beings can accomplish in spite of disabilities. Those living with blindness prove – time-and-time-again – that nothing is impossible. For one artist, living with vision loss hasn’t kept her from pursuing her passion. Kate Cardamone is legally blind; with the help of those she loves and technology, Kate is able to create masterpieces.

“...I want to give people hope that have eye diseases,” says Cardamone.

SDCB offers many programs to assist people living with blindness. Please contact us to learn how we can help improve your life quality.

Artist Kate Cardamone Works Around Blindness


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Working Around Blindness to Paint
blindnessIt is astonishing the things that human beings can accomplish in spite of disabilities. Those living with blindness prove – time-and-time-again – that nothing is impossible. For one artist, living with vision loss hasn’t kept her from pursuing her passion. Kate Cardamone is legally blind; with the help of those she loves and technology, Kate is able to create masterpieces.

“...I want to give people hope that have eye diseases,” says Cardamone.

SDCB offers many programs to assist people living with blindness. Please contact us to learn how we can help improve your life quality.

Artist Kate Cardamone Works Around Blindness


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