Camera On Eyeglasses Offers Hope For Low Vision

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A miniature camera using optical character-recognition technology, mounted onto the eyeglasses of people who are considered legally blind, dramatically improves their ability to read an email, newspaper article, menu or page in a book, a study by researchers with UC Davis Health System has found. Using the device, the … [Read more...]

Light-responsive Dye Stimulates Sight in Genetically Blind Patient

Source: Okayama University, Center for Public Affairs and Communications: Released  March 2015  Okayama University research: Light-responsive dye stimulates sight in genetically blind patients. Researchers at Okayama demonstrate the promise of a new approach for stimulating neurons in the eyes of patients with dead photoreceptor cells.* The … [Read more...]

New Alternative For Low Vision Patients: KastEye

I had the opportunity to interview Lawrence Bock (Founder of Illumina, Vertex, Neurocrine) and Suman Kanuganti of KastEye, a local company developing a Smart Glass solutions for Low Vision patients. Kast Eye has taken a personalized step to help those who can't see increase their mobility. Using Smart Glasses such as Google Glass, Optinvent's ORA1 … [Read more...]

First Blind Person To Hike 950-mile Trail

If you ever think you can't do something, reading stories like this really can make you think. If you have ever been hiking, guide dog or not, this is challenging. What do you think? Led by his guide dog, Tennille, and cheered by well-wishers, Charlottean Trevor Thomas finished his extraordinary cross-state trek on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail at … [Read more...]

The Vision Council Congressional Briefing For Veterans With Low Vision

The Vision Council Hosts Congressional Briefing to Raise Awareness for Veterans with Low Vision Alexandria, VA (May, 2013) – The Vision Council recently partnered with the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) to sponsor an educational lunch briefing on Capitol Hill titled “Veterans and Low Vision 101: … [Read more...]

The Vision Council Launches Website for Low Vision Patients and Caregivers

The Vision Council is pleased to announce the launch of a standalone website,, dedicated to educating consumers about low vision and low vision solutions. The site was created to serve as an online resource for people with vision impairment due to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and other eye conditions … [Read more...]

Mini Monday; Miniature Dinosauers Craft Kits

The point of our Mini-Mondays is to show what crafts people are doing that will need extra vision.. Check out these Miniature Dinosauers.. Kelly Farrell created these miniature dinosauers craft kits.. I can see putting together some of these kits and displaying them with low vision aids, such as Craftoptics, Magnifiers from Hilco or even … [Read more...]

eyeHow – What to Know About Low Vision Filters and Tints

First of all it is important to know that about 135 million people around the world have been diagnosed with low vision. That is a big number! Filters and tints can help a lot of them. Low Vision absorptive filters are specially developed tints designed to enhance vision for those that experience low visual acuity due to light sensitivity … [Read more...]

Dining In The Dark Restaurants Staffed by Visually Impaired

I would like to thank EyeCare Professional Magazine for bringing this to our attention. It is a great article about a fast growing chain of restaurants in which diners are served in the dark and staffed by blind or visually impaired waiters. Dining in the Dark restaurants are called Opaque in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York And … [Read more...]

Mini Monday: Things You Need Eyewear To See

This is quite fascinating, the worlds smallest chameleon was discovered last month in Madagascar. The Chameleon, sits on a match head. 'In addition to the discovery of Brookesia micra, now the tiniest chameleon ever discovered, the researchers also announced the discovery of three additional tiny chameleon species.' full story at Yahoo … [Read more...]

Low Winter Light and Low Vision it’s a Lemon!

The winter months can prove to be especially frustrating for people with low vision problems due to the reduced light both indoors and outdoors. Low Vision aids like  Low Vision UV filters can help! Lemon is an especially good filter color in low winter light as it: Maximizes brightness Enhances contrast in low light Improves visual … [Read more...]

Economic Impact of Vision Problems In The USA = $51.4 Billion/ Year

Ellen Troyer of Biosyntrx wrote an eye-boggling Pearl, in one of her weekly newsletters. Every single one of us has the power to turn this around. Every single one of us can donate old eyeglasses, participate in Vision Walk, World Sight Day, Give Back Programs, InfantSee, Homeless, "Never doubt the power of small groups to change the world; … [Read more...]

Interactive Guide Dog Helps The Visually Impaired

The interactive Guide Dog could help the visually impaired get around better and improve mobility for those less fortunate; G-Navi combines GPS navigation & a hands-free voice control system as well as vibrating-calibration technology to steer the guide dog to any waypoint the user selects. The pup’s harness even features a solar panel for … [Read more...]

Electric Eyeglasses To Aid Blind- Seeing With Tongue

Neuroscientist Paul Bach-y-Rita hypothesized in the 1960s that "we see with our brains not our eyes." Now, a new device trades on that thinking and aims to partially restore the experience of vision for the blind and visually impaired by relying on the nerves on the tongue's surface to send light signals to the brain. Legal blindness is defined … [Read more...]

The High Cost Of Low Vision

The first every  cost of low visual was released in Vienna, Austria, April 16, 2010. The conclusion is visual impairment is a huge burden on all societies and economies worldwide and it impacts each and every person in the world in many ways. The High Cost Of Low Vision Nearly $3 trillion dollars ($2,954 billion USD) for the 733 million … [Read more...]