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#29 Phone Apps Help Low Vision -

Readers, do you remember my mention of the Be My Eyes app (#23)? Yesterday I received my second help call. Both times I didn’t get to my phone in time to answer the call. So, both times the call was forwarded to someone else. What a disappointment because I was excited to be eyes to […]

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#28 News -

Additional news and resources with information I haven’t included on the resources page or in the #17 blog. Www.webrn-maculardegeneration.com Fantastic site with lots of information. There is an option on this site to subscribe to a newsletter to get updates. Under the “resources and help” section (in the column on the left) are links for […]

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#27 – 9 More Ways to Help -

Last time I talked about 9 ways to help someone with low vision or who is blind. Here are 9 more ways. Millie didn’t have a guide dog. If you are talking to someone with a guide dog, don’t pet it. It’s natural for many people to want to pet a dog, but this dog […]

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#26 – 9 Ways to Help -

Not everyone who is blind or has low vision needs help. Most live independent, active lives. We’ve already talked about Be My Eyes as a way to help if you have an iPhone. If you have low vision, it’s a way to get help from someone who is sighted. Since volunteering, I have not gotten a […]

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#25 White Cane (continued) -

Here are 3 interesting facts from the Perkins School for the Blind about white canes. Most people who are visually impaired don’t use a white cane. In fact, only an estimated 2 percent to 8 percent The rest rely on their usable vision, a guide dog or a sighted guide. Millie would not understand this fact. “I wouldn’t […]

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#24 White Cane -

Before I talk about Millie and how her white cane helped her mobility, I want to give an update regarding Be My Eyes (see previous blog). I called the phone app and volunteered! Much to my disappointment no one has called me for assistance. They have many more volunteers than they do help-seekers. I would […]

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#23 Be My Eyes -

Be My Eyes is a smartphone app to help those with low vision. With a phone call, someone who needs help “seeing “something can use the camera on their phone and show a sighted volunteer what they are trying to identify. To use the app, you must have a smartphone. Below is a link to […]

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#22 Dry Macular Degeneration Trials -

We have been talking about clinical trials for wet macular degeneration. Now I would like to share a few trials I found for dry macular degeneration. I have included web sites and a bit of info for the trials. Dry AMD is not an easy disease to study, partly because of the slow progression of the disease. A lot […]

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#21 Search Clinical Trials -

Here are some clinical trials looking for participants. If you google “clinical trials for macular degeneration” additional trials pop up. 1. www.amd.org/macular-degeneration-research/clinical-trials-for-wet-amd 2. www.visionaware.org A discussion of stem cell treatment is found on this site. The studies so far have been small numbers of patients, but show encouraging results. 3. www.centrewatch.com  – This site lists trials by state. […]

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#20 Clinical Trials -

Clinical studies involve research with volunteers to add to medical knowledge. Participating in a trial is a personal decision that requires self-examination and study of the trial itself. These questions were taken from the www.clinicaltrials.gov website to help in discussion with the doctor. I underlined the first sentence because it is so important. Once on the website, go to […]

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