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#66 The Hadley School for the Blind -

In the last post, I briefly mentioned the Hadley School and their podcast re Aira. (link to #65) This time I want to talk more about what The Hadley School website offers. Three major selections are workshops, audio podcasts, and discussion groups which meet once a month. The workshops offer podcasts full of information.  For […]

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#65 AIRA -

Do You know what AIRA is? I think of it as an advanced form of Be MY Eyes. If you don’t know what the Be My Eyes app is, here’s the link to # 23. http://debvellines.com/blog/yes-i-can/be-my-eyes/ With a phone call needing simple assistance, Be My Eyes is great. They can give the color of a […]

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#64 Fanny Crosby -

In blog number 47 (link) I talked about three inspiring blind people. I have another inspiring person to talk about in this blog – Fanny Crosby. Do you know who she is? Fanny Crosby wrote hymns. How many? More than 8,000 including Blessed Assurance, Safe in the Arms of Jesus, and To God be the […]

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#63 Derek Daniel and Life After Sight Loss -

I want to share some helpful YouTube videos that are easy to understand & offer lots of information. These YouTubes are videos from Derek Daniel and the channel name is Life After Sight Loss. As he says, “Sight loss isn’t the end, it’s just the beginning.” His videos include product reviews, encouragements, life advice, and […]

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#62 – 8 Hints for Cell Phones -

You will probably need help from someone whose eyes are good to set up these hints. Once set up, they can really help decrease search time on your cell phone. And that means a decrease in frustration. By the way, it can be really hard for some folks (with low vision or not) to ask […]

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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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