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#61 Retinal Implants -

I want to finish the year with a real uplifting blog. The enclosed  article comes from the October/November 2020 AARP magazine. The headline is Vision Loss Breakthrough.  The title  – Retinal Implants to restore sight impaired by age-related macular degeneration (AMD). As you will learn only 15 patients were involved in the first trial. Larger […]

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#60 EyeSmart -

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has a website with lots of information about various eye diseases, treatments, eye health news, and tips for a lifetime of good eye health. The information is ophthalmologist – reviewed. Some of the information is for doctors, but much of it is for the public and patients.  https://www.aao.org/eye-health EyeSmart […]

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#59 Voice Commands -

One of the best ways to learn what’s available to help deal with low vision is to join a support group. At a support group you can ask others what their experience has been with a specific product you are considering. Do they recommend the product? You can also ask how others perform certain tasks […]

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#58 Grocery Shopping -

In blog #4 (link) I talked about how Millie did her grocery shopping. She would go to the service desk of the store and ask for an assistant to help her shop. Then she handed the store employee her list and she pushed the cart following the assistant. Stores are happy to provide this kind […]

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#57 Eye Appointments and COVID-19 -

Many eye doctors are not having routine appointments during the virus pandemic. They are only having emergency visits. This results in patient questions: What is an eye emergency? Are eye injections considered urgent? Do I continue in the clinical trial that I am in? What if I have a change in my vision? How can […]

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#56 Social Distancing -

We are hearing so much about social distancing and the coronavirus. But if we are blind or have low vision, we already feel a huge degree of social distancing. Now the issue is more physical distancing. My subject today is how to keep yourself occupied when you can’t socialize with others or at least keep […]

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#55 Be My Eyes Update -

My husband and I haven’t gotten a Be My Eyes call lately. One look at the latest numbers of volunteers explains why. It’s an understatement to say that’s a lot of growth for an app. created in 2015. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the link to my first blog about this […]

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#54 Blind Beatitudes -

Millie sent me a copy of the Blind Beatitudes and I thought you might enjoy them. I did. The author is unknown. I googled “Blind Beatitudes” to try and find the name of the author. I didn’t find the author but found the beatitudes on this website – http://www.duncan-holmes.com/ Duncan Holmes has been blind since […]

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#53 Seeing AI -

Seeing AI: Talking Camera for the blind. Designed to work in conjunction with VoiceOver, Seeing AI (Artificial Intelligence) reads short text and even full documents quickly and easily.  The bottom line here is reading does not have to be an insurmountable problem anymore for visually impaired people. Here’s a link to a 50-second video showing a couple […]

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# 52 Research & Development 2019 -

Lots of research and development has occurred in 2019. I’d like to summarize the report given to the International Low Vision Support Group in June 2019 by Dan Roberts, Director. The report in its entirety can be found at this link: https://lowvision.preventblindness.org/2019/05/25/summary-of-research-and-developments-2019/ at Living Well With Low Vision by Prevent Blindness. Each bullet point has […]

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