Educational

Visual Inactivity

Posted on: Apr 23, 2015

There seems to be more people wearing glasses these days; have you ever wondered what effect the modern world has on your eyes? After all, many of us work around computer screens all day, and even when we’re not working, we are, coincidentally, also watching screens. Time flies when we’re having fun, and before we […]

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Teaching with Low Vision

Posted on: Apr 21, 2015

Living with low vision entails numerous challenges, particularly for visually impaired professionals who rely on assistive technology to make it through the work day. One such professional, Tiffany Bowman, is a teacher at Boca Raton’s Somerset Academy. She’s legally blind, and uses what’s called a desktop CCTV, or closed circuit television. These electronic devices are […]

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Storms

Posted on: Nov 26, 2014

It is 3:30 in the morning and I am up to let the dog out. When the door swings open the hot, sticky air cocoons me and tries to drag the cool air from the house outside to comingle with its heady warmth. The dog comes in and I plod back to bed. I cannot […]

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Early Detection Means Early Treatment

Posted on: Oct 22, 2014

Have you been instructed to check your vision daily at home with an Amsler Grid? Ever wonder why that is so important? Those with dry macular degeneration are at a higher risk of developing the more advanced type of AMD, wet macular degeneration, the kind that causes the most severe vision loss. Why Check My […]

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Getting Around Safely

Posted on: Oct 15, 2014

Getting around safely and comfortably can be a challenge for those with vision problems. My father-in-law who has wet macular degeneration has found this to be true in many situations – such as navigating a self serve buffet to get his food, his drink, and to find his table or leaving the restroom at an […]

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Laser Therapy for Macular Degeneration

Posted on: Apr 09, 2014

Laser therapy was first used as a treatment for wet macular degeneration.  The type of laser used is called a thermal laser.   It uses an intense beam of light that actually burns the leaking blood vessels under the macula.  The burning helps to seal the blood vessels so that there is less fluid buildup under […]

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Computer Aids for Low Vision

Posted on: Apr 03, 2014

How often and how much do you rely on your computer?    Do you use it to check your email, get the weather, shop for a present, or find the latest baseball score?   Living without the convenience of a computer can be a big disadvantage.  For those with low vision, navigating and seeing what is on […]

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Microsoft Now Offering Free Screen Reader with Office 10.0 and up

Posted on: Jan 28, 2014

Window-Eyes, GW Micro’s PC low vision screen reader software, now available for free to PC users with Microsoft Office 10 or newer. Having recently partnered up with Microsoft, the Fort Wayne, IN –based company now offers it’s screen reading software program (similar to JAWs or Dolphin) as a free download for the visually impaired community. […]

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A Good Point

Posted on: Sep 16, 2013

A recent commenter brought up a very good point. He spotlighted one of my all time pet peeves. As a person approaches a person with a visual impairment it is that person’s responsibility to announce who they are. Even if they are well known to the person it takes the edge off of everyone involved. […]

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Vision Loss

Posted on: Sep 13, 2013

It is funny, but I always thought of vision loss as everything going black. That is not what is happening in my instance. Everything is going white. Every day, more and more it looks like the blinding snow storm is moving in to stay. The temperature remains the same but the storm of white has […]

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