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​     Researchers have discovered that a group of proteins, which are linked to Alzheimer's disease, are able to accumulate in the retina and damage it.

​Sept. 1, 2019, deadline to equip all new hybrid and electric vehicles.

 

New device lets blind people read by popping a miniature camera on their fingertip.

The San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind has received a $125, 000,000 donation and what they will be doing with this donation.

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Listen to the audio to hear the story of Dan Kish, a person who is blind and who trumpets the use of echolocation as an important skill that enables one to do things normally considered to require sight.  

A free image-recognition app called "Aipoly" can be used by pointing the phone's rear camera at whatever one wants to identify. Aipoly will speak what it sees (or, at least, what it thinks it sees) and show the object's name on the phone's display.  

​New research shows that stem cells could help treat people with cataracts and even some who are blind by regenerating eye tissue and replacing flawed lenses. In order for people to see properly, both the lens of the eye and the cornea — the layer of tissue that covers the eye in front of the lens — must be transparent.  

Two common eye conditions, 'wet' age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and macular telangiectasia (MacTel) could one day  be helped by an new treatment studied at Boston Children's Hospital. Both diseases are caused by an abnormal growth of misshapen, leaky blood vessels in the eye's retina. New research findings suggest that contrary to current thinking which attributes the problems to oxygen deprivation in the eye tissues, the actual cause may be dysfunctional energy metabolism in the eye that starves the retina's light receptors of fuel. Ongoing research holds promise for improved treatment of these conditions.

Wikipedia, the open source encyclopedia that exists everywhere in the world is adding a content-to-speech function that will take into account certain parts of Wiki entries to be perused so anyone might hear, empowering those with vision impairments to take advantage of the endless information base of the Internet as well. This venture is slated to be off the ground by 2017.

​Second Sight's Argus device is one of a handful of commercial retinal implants now being used to help people with degenerative eye diseases regain some degree of vision. So far, the Argus has been largley implanted in people who have retinitis pigmentosa. The Argus is the size ofan aspirin and sits on the peraon's retina. The unit detects images from a camera mounted on glases that the person wears. Tohse images and then converted into electrical impauses and sent via the optic nerve to the brain. The images that the person can see are blocky, gray-scale pictures rather than perfect color vision, but this is an exciting start.

The San Francisco Bay Area's own Dr. Joshual Miele is profiled in this article that tells of the numerous innovative research projects that he has conducted over the years. Some of Dr. Miele's contributions to the field and the blindness community include such things as accessible BART maps; WearaBraille gloves that enable a person to tap or type on any flat surface to send a text, or open apps, or answer a call; and his most recent invention, YouDescribe, that enables people to watch videos on the internet using audio description. 

​Animation giant, Pixar, has developed a soon-to-be-released smartphone application, the "iOS narration app," that automatically syncs with films from Pixar and Disney to provide a description of what is happening on the screen through headphones. 

Rite Aid has announced the nationwide availability of talking prescription devices to assist customers who have visual impairments. The device will be provided at no cost to customers who are blind or visually impaired. Customers can request a talking prescription device at any of the nearly  4,600 Rite Aid Pharmacies nationwide. Rite Aid is alsoable to provide customers with large print prescription information sheets.

"Homefinder" is one of several applications being developed as part of Linespace, a tactile display system that allows people who are visually impaired people to interact with maps, diagrams, and other spatial data. Researchers at the Hasso Platner Institut (HPI) in Potsdam, Germany will be formally introduced Homefinder at CHI 2016, a human-computer interaction conference taking place in May, 2016.

The device consists of a 3D printer head attached to robotic arms that move it across a drafting table in response to user commands. The print head deposits raised lines of PLA which can be touched and explored with the fingertips; an overhead camera tracks the movements of the user so that it can instruct the extruder to move to where the person is pointing. The print head also includes a scraper to remove the PLA after the user is finished, cleaning the slate for the next application. Users can also input new information by drawing it on the board with a 3Doodler; the camera then captures and records the images.The Linespace applications developed so far by the HIP team include the Homefinder App (an interior design application), a version of Microsolf Excel, and even a Minesweeper game. Commercializing the technology is still in the early discussion stages but more information is expected to be coming soon.  Homefinder is 

New research published in EBioMedicine suggests high doses of a cholesterol-lowering statin may be able to treat age-related macular degeneration. A clinical trial led by researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School and the University of Crete found that a high-dose of atorvastatin was associated with regression of lipid deposits and an improvement in sight in patients with AMD. Based on their findings, researchers believe that statins could halt progression of the age-related eye disease.

Customers who have the Philadelphia-based cable giant's X1 platform can now channel surf with a lot more precision. Once enabled, "Voice Guidance" gives people the option of having channels and program descriptions read aloud as they jump around the long list of possibilities using the arrow keys. Customers can also press down a button on the remote control and search for shows and movies using just their voice, similar to the way Siri works on iPhones.  When they've made their selection, customers can hit the familiar "OK" button on the remote and the program will fire up. They can also use the voice control button and say "Watch Sports Center," for example.

 

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A new drug has been shown to heal eyes in only 2 days following corneal surgery.

​Research shows that the injected drug Lucentis (ranibizumab) can be highly effective at treating proliferative diabetic retinopathy. Researchers report that the drug works more effectively than laser therapy.  They also found that the drug may ative diabetic retinopathy. Researchers report that the drug works more effectively than laser therapy.  They also found that the drug may help prevent macular edema (swelling) from diabetic retinopathy. 

L-DOPA, a medication commonly used to treat Parkinson's disease may be effective in delaying, or even preventing, age-related macular degeneration, a condition that affects 11 million Americans. 

Still in development, the headset feature is called "Orientate and Look Ahead," and provides users with auditory information about objects and sites in distance order as one moves.  MIcrosoft explained, "Placing spatially situated synthetic sounds around you - both verbal and non-verbal - it creates a 3-D soundscape of the world in a language you can understand."

Scientists at the University of Manchester have successfully restored the sight of laboratory mice suffering from retinal degeneration similar to retinitis pigmentosa.

Vision researchers in Boston have published the second paper of a study designed to determine if a driver who suffers from loss of central vision is able to detect pedestrians in a timely manner when driving.

A device called the iStent offers a new treatment for people who have cataracts and glaucoma.

Researchers have discovered that parts of the brain once thought to be primarily devoted to processing vision can be recruited by blind children as young as 5 to process speech. This work could have future implications including considerations about the impact on the brains of congenitally blind individuals of the ability to see. Researchers also hope the work can add to a body of research looking at how the brain can develop skills to adapt to blindness, such as improved hearing and memory.

A high-tech box that fits on a traditional white cane uses infrared and ultrasonic sensors to detect obstacles, triggering the handle to vibrate. It also incorporates GPS technology and can even share information on traffic lights and tram schedules.

New iBeacon guidance technology could revolutionize indoor navigation for people with visual impairments.

A group of people with visual impairments are learning to identify birds by the sound of their calls. 
When a person loses their sight, everyday tasks become a challenge. Walking across the street, reading...

 

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