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Probability of Blindness from Glaucoma Nearly Halved

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Photo: Eye [27/01/2014] The probability of blindness due to the serious eye disease glaucoma has decreased by nearly half since 1980, according to a recent study.Probability of Blindness from Glaucoma Nearly Halved - Read more

Research Advancements Made in Diabetes-Induced Blindness

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[20/01/2014] Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute have identified new molecular abnormalities in the diabetic cornea that could contribute to eye problems in affected patients. With this new knowledge, investigators aim to accelerate the process of healing and repair in damaged corneas to ultimately reverse the effects of diabetes-induced eye complications.Research Advancements Made in Diabetes-Induced Blindness - Read more

A Harness for Guide Dogs Must Suit Both Dog and Owner

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Photo: Guide dog for the blind and harness [06/01/2014] A proper harness that enables good communication between the blind person and the dog is an important factor in the animal’s well-being, while a poorly fitting harness may result in health problems and impaired communication between dog and owner.A Harness for Guide Dogs Must Suit Both Dog and Owner - Read more

Yoga Accessible for the Blind with New Program

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Photo: Color-coded map [18/10/2013] In a typical yoga class, students watch an instructor to learn how to properly hold a position. But for people who are blind or can't see well, it can be frustrating to participate in these types of exercises. Now, a team of computer scientists has created a software program that watches a user's movements and gives spoken feedback on what to change to accurately complete a yoga pose.Yoga Accessible for the Blind with New Program - Read more

Textured Images Help Tactile Recognition for the Blind

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[07/10/2013] The use of different materials with varied textures improves the recognition of tactile images by young blind people, researchers from the Laboratoire de psychologie et neurocognition (LPNC) (CNRS/Université Pierre Mendès France/ Savoie University) have shown. Textured Images Help Tactile Recognition for the Blind - Read more

Safe Navigation For Visually Impaired Persons

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Photo: New Device [11/09/2013] The project “A Mobility and Navigational Aid for Visually Impaired Persons” wants to help visually impaired persons to orient themselves in new environments by means of computer-aided vision. For development of a smartphone software solution, the research group around Rainer Stiefelhagen at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is awarded the US$ 83,000 Google Faculty Research Award.Safe Navigation For Visually Impaired Persons - Read more

Blind People Have an ‘Inner Bat’ to Locate Objects

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Photo: Blind person with a dog [28/06/2013] New research from the University of Southampton has shown that blind and visually impaired people have the potential to use echolocation, similar to that used by bats and dolphins, to determine the location of an object.Blind People Have an ‘Inner Bat’ to Locate Objects - Read more

Software Improves Facebook Accessibility for the Blind

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Photo: Screenshot of adapted Facebook page [18/02/2013] Researchers have developed a software package that adapts Facebook for visually impaired people.Software Improves Facebook Accessibility for the Blind - Read more

Helping Deafblind People to Communicate

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Photo: TACTIC gloves; linked to [13/02/2013] A team of researchers has designed a new device to help deafblind people to communicate.Helping Deafblind People to Communicate - Read more

An Artificial Retina Restores Normal Vision

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[17/08/2012] Two researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have deciphered a mouse's retina's neural code and coupled this information to a novel prosthetic device to restore sight to blind mice.An Artificial Retina Restores Normal Vision - Read more

Diabetes Drug Could Treat Leading Cause of Blindness

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[01/08/2012] University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston researchers have discovered that a drug already prescribed to millions of people with diabetes could also have another important use: treating one of the world's leading causes of blindness.Diabetes Drug Could Treat Leading Cause of Blindness - Read more

Seeing without Being Able to See: “All visually impaired people need individually adapted auxiliary means”

Those who cannot see well after an accident or due to older age need different auxiliary means to lead a broadly normal life. What exactly is needed depends on the individual vision and must be adapted to the personal needs.Seeing without Being Able to See: “All visually impaired people need individually adapted auxiliary means” - Read more

First GPS for the Blind

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[25/06/2012] A new application for devices with Android operating systems, called OnTheBus, helps people find their way and move around in large cities. The application is useful especially for people with visual, hearing or cognitive impairments.First GPS for the Blind - Read more

Antioxidant Can Reduce Blindness Risk

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[18/06/2012] A study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital suggests that the antioxidant, rhSOD (recombinant human Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase), reduces the risk of developing Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in extremely low gestational age newborns.Antioxidant Can Reduce Blindness Risk - Read more

Pill Bottle for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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[23/05/2012] It is easy to see that University of Cincinnati design students are on to something with their new design and prototype for a prescription-medicine pill bottle that better serves the needs of the blind and visually impaired by means of a simple and inexpensive innovation.Pill Bottle for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Read more

Risk of Blindness Halved Over Last Decade

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[30/01/2012] Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most frequent cause of blindness in the Western World. A report from the University of Copenhagen and Glostrup Hospital in Denmark shows the number of new cases of blindness.Risk of Blindness Halved Over Last Decade - Read more

New Device Helps the Blind to Move Independently

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[15/07/2011] A team of engineers have developed a new device that helps the blind to move independently. This system is called EYE 21. It is an electronic tool that allows blind people to move autonomously in any environment. New Device Helps the Blind to Move Independently - Read more

Guide Vests: Robotic Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired

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[01/06/2011] A group of researchers is creating a high-tech aid for blind and partially blind people who have long depended on white canes as their only tool for getting around. A design first shown a year ago is now being further developed.Guide Vests: Robotic Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired - Read more

Practice Improves Sense of Touch and not Loss of Sight

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[13/05/2011] New research may answer a controversial question: do the blind have a better sense of touch because the brain compensates for vision loss or because of heavy reliance on their fingertips? The study suggests daily dependence on touch is the answer. Practice Improves Sense of Touch and not Loss of Sight - Read more

Neuropsychology: Some Blind People 'See' with their Ears

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[21/03/2011] Researcher compared the brain activity of people who can see and people who were born blind, and discovered that the part of the brain that normally works with our eyes to process vision and space perception can actually rewire itself to process sound information instead. Neuropsychology: Some Blind People 'See' with their Ears - Read more

Blind Patients: Retinal Implant for Recognizing Letters

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[12/11/2010] Researchers have shown that a light-sensitive chip, implanted beneath the retina, is able to restore meaningful images in blind patients, up to the point of recognizing letters and words.Blind Patients: Retinal Implant for Recognizing Letters - Read more

Inaccessible Kiosks: Airline Discriminates Blind Passengers

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[08/11/2010] United uses airport kiosks that employ touchscreen technology in a manner such that they cannot be used by blind passengers. Inaccessible Kiosks: Airline Discriminates Blind Passengers - Read more

Testing Early Detection Technique for Eye Disease in Premature Infants

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[20/10/2010] A new clinical trial at The Children's Hospital at University of Oklahoma (OU) Medical Center will focus on ways to catch a debilitating eye disease before it's too late.Testing Early Detection Technique for Eye Disease in Premature Infants - Read more

Blind Inventors Revolutionise Computer Access

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[13/10/2010] For many blind people computers are inaccessible. It can cost upwards of AUD$1000 to purchase "screen reader" software, but two blind computer programmers from Australia have solved this problem.Blind Inventors Revolutionise Computer Access - Read more

Biosynthetic Corneas Restore Vision in Humans

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[17/09/2010] A new study from researchers in Canada and Sweden has shown that biosynthetic corneas can help regenerate and repair damaged eye tissue and improve vision in humans.Biosynthetic Corneas Restore Vision in Humans - Read more

Researchers Prevent Blindness in Research Model for Retinitis Pigmentosa

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[21/07/2010] Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have found a way to use a radical new type of gene therapy to prevent blindness caused by retinitis pigmentosa.Researchers Prevent Blindness in Research Model for Retinitis Pigmentosa - Read more

Students Develop Device to Help Blind Manuever

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[12/07/2010] Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) students have developed an innovative optical radar system that helps blind people maneuver around obstacles.Students Develop Device to Help Blind Manuever - Read more

Synthetic Eye Prosthesis May Offer Help

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[21/06/2010] Donor corneas are a rarity: In Germany alone, each year roughly 7,000 patients wait for that miniscule piece of tissue. An implant made of plastic may soon offer patients with the chance to see again.Synthetic Eye Prosthesis May Offer Help - Read more

Video Game to Help Blind Children Exercise

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[11/06/2010] A new project helps children who are blind become more physically active and healthy through video games. The human-computer interaction research team has developed a motion-sensing-based tennis and bowling exergame.Video Game to Help Blind Children Exercise - Read more

How Visually Impaired See Emotions

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[07/06/2010] Without vision it’s impossible to interpret facial expressions, or so it’s believed. Not any more. Shafiq ur Réhman, Umeå University, presents a new technology in his doctoral thesis – a Braille code of emotions.How Visually Impaired See Emotions - Read more

The Blind and Their Sense of Smell

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[05/05/2010] An ongoing study has debunked the myth that the blind have a more acute sense of smell than the sighted. Vision loss simply makes blind people pay more attention to how they perceive smells.The Blind and Their Sense of Smell - Read more

Design Opens Door to 'Full Screen' Braille Displays

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[03/05/2010] New research is moving us closer to the development of a display system that would allow the blind to take full advantage of the Web and other computer applications.Design Opens Door to 'Full Screen' Braille Displays - Read more

Teaching Tools for Visually Impaired Children

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[12/04/2010] Children with visual impairments face disproportionate challenges learning math, and by the time they reach the college level, they are under-represented in science, technology, mathematics and engineering disciplines.Teaching Tools for Visually Impaired Children - Read more

Blindness and Vision Loss: It’s Raining Awards

[25/02/2009] The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announces the 2009 winners of awards which recognize individuals and companies who have significantly contributed to the blindness and vision loss field.Blindness and Vision Loss: It’s Raining Awards - Read more

Celebrating 200 Years of Louis Braille

[19/12/2008] On January 4, 2009, the American Foundation for the Blind will join organizations across the globe in celebrating the 200th anniversary of Louis Braille's birth. Celebrating 200 Years of Louis Braille - Read more

New Bluetooth System for Blind and Sighted Pedestrians

[15/10/2008] A new Bluetooth system designed primarily for blind people places a layer of information technology over the real world to tell pedestrians about points of interest along their path as they pass them.New Bluetooth System for Blind and Sighted Pedestrians - Read more

Eyes: Genes Linked to Dry AMD

[03/09/2008] Scientists have discovered a genetic mutation that offers protection against a type of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease of the eye.Eyes: Genes Linked to Dry AMD - Read more

Retina Transplants Promising for Blind People

[21/07/2008] Research shows encouraging results with transplantation of retinal cells in patients with blindness caused by retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration, according to a new report.Retina Transplants Promising for Blind People - Read more

Dancing With a Vision in Dallas

[12/09/2007] Philanthropist Ruth Altshuler and former Dallas Cowboy stars Emmitt Smith and Roger Staubach will be serving as honorary chairs for the "Dancing with a Vision" dinner-dance on September 20 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Dancing With a Vision in Dallas - Read more

Teens Become Perfumers

[30/05/2007] Five teens with vision loss are heading to France to study fragrance design at L'Occitane's summer perfume workshop, Provence dans tous les sens (Provence in every sense). Teens Become Perfumers - Read more

Vision Loss: New Web Site

[20/04/2007] To help families, caregivers and people directly affected by vision loss, the American Foundation for the Blind, New York, launched a new, totally accessible, multimedia web site.Vision Loss: New Web Site - Read more

Blind Teens Explore Careers in Fragrance

[04/08/2006] Alexandria Parrish, Thane Sanzo, Nikki Singh and Jennifer Suchan spent four days learning about the scents and aromatic plants of Provence. Blind Teens Explore Careers in Fragrance - Read more

Theatre

We present theatre projects by actors with a disability and special productions accessible for handicapped people. Theatre - Read more

African AIDS Project Targets People with Vision Loss

[10/02/2006] Blindness International and Canadian International Development Agency have launched a program in Africa aimed at improving access to HIV/AIDS programs for people with vision loss. African AIDS Project Targets People with Vision Loss - Read more

Inspiration for Teachers of Visually Impaired Children

[09/01/2006] By reviving the legacy of Anne Sullivan Macy through a new online museum, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is helping educators find creative ways to teach children about vision loss and the amazing woman who pioneered education for the blind. Inspiration for Teachers of Visually Impaired Children - Read more

Harry Potter Leads Way for Blind Fans

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[18/07/2005] ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' by JK Rowling will be the first ever novel in the UK to be published simultaneously in braille, large-print and standard print.Harry Potter Leads Way for Blind Fans - Read more

Competition: Blind Gardener of the Year

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[15/04/2005] On April 13, a new competition was launched to find the UK's blind or partially sighted gardeners of the year. BBC TV's Monty Don will be one of a panel of judges. Competition: Blind Gardener of the Year - Read more

Advances in Pocket-Sized Computer Technology for Blind

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[18/11/2004] At Techshare, a conference being held by the RNIB, advances in technology for blind and partially sighted people are being presented. Advances in Pocket-Sized Computer Technology for Blind - Read more

Public Need Warning on Smoking and Blindness Link

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[16/03/2004] The AMD Alliance is calling for a public health campaign to warn of the dangers of smoking to sight. Researchers warned that smokers are up to four times as likely to become blind in later life from age- related macular degeneration (AMD) than non-smokers, but many remain largely unaware of this risk.Public Need Warning on Smoking and Blindness Link - Read more

Public Need Warning on Smoking and Blindness Link

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[12/03/2004] The AMD Alliance is calling for a public health campaign to warn of the dangers of smoking to sight. Researchers warned that smokers are up to four times as likely to become blind in later life from age- related macular degeneration (AMD) than non-smokers, but many remain largely unaware of this risk.Public Need Warning on Smoking and Blindness Link - Read more

Blind and Partially Sighted Pensioners: High Risk of Accidents and Poverty

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[03/03/2004] Thousands of older people are being left to cope alone when their sight fails, and at an increased risk of accidents, poverty and social exclusion because of inadequate state support according to a report published today by British Gas and RNIB.Blind and Partially Sighted Pensioners: High Risk of Accidents and Poverty - Read more

Blind Pensioners in Nottinghamshire are Failing to Claim Benefits

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[12/02/2004] As many as 70% (around 8,400) of Nottinghamshire’s older blind and partially sighted people are missing out on benefits that they are entitled to, says research from RNIB.Blind Pensioners in Nottinghamshire are Failing to Claim Benefits - Read more

Twelve Gift Ideas from RNIB

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[15/12/2003] Christmas is fast approaching and finding that perfect present for a family member who is blind or partially sighted can be difficult. The Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) offers a wide-range of gift ideas for adults and children with sight problems.Twelve Gift Ideas from RNIB - Read more

 
 

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