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#33 Another Be My Eyes Call -

My husband, Harry, got his first Be My Eyes call. “Gratifying” was the way he described it. After accepting the call, the one with low vision wanted to use a yellow spice. Harry told her, “The one in your hand is brown.” She held up another plastic storage container and took off the lid. “That […]

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#32 Be My Eyes Call -

Want to feel super good helping someone with low vision? All you need is a smartphone and be willing to sign up for the app, Be My Eyes. With the use of your phone, you can help someone with low vision. They point their phone at whatever it is they are trying to see. They […]

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#31 Quiz Answers -

Sunglasses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB light rays are much more expensive than other sunglasses.  False. You can’t judge how well sunglasses block ultraviolet light by the price. You can buy expensive designer glasses that don’t have good protection. Read the label to see if the lenses block 100% of UVA and UVB […]

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# 30 Quiz re: Sunglasses -

How can I tell whether sunglasses sold at drugstores will protect my eyes? In a previous blog, I talked about sunglasses for protection against macular degeneration.  (Reduce Risk) I don’t remember Millie wearing sunglasses before she lost her vision. Just like we didn’t know the importance of sunscreen protecting our skin, we didn’t know about […]

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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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