Ariadne GPS with Talking Map for IOS

With all of the GPS applications out there, why would you want to choose Ariadne? Those with visual impairments will enjoy the talking map feature, which will announce street names and building numbers around the user with the touch of finger. You can also activate a function that will periodically update this information.  [Read more…]

Vision Therapy May Help those with Strabismus and Amblyopia

Vision therapy (VT) is like physical therapy for the eyes and the parts of the brain that control them. Generally, the goal is to correct certain vision problems that cannot be properly corrected with other means, such as eyeglasses, contact or scleral lenses, and surgery; it works by re-training the eye(s) to function properly. Common conditions for which VT may be appropriate include amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (cross-eyed).  [Read more…]

Two Object Recognition Apps

taptapseeTapTapSee is a free camera application for IOS and Android for individuals who are visually impaired. Users simply double-tap the screen to take a photo of whatever is in front of them, and then the app will speak the description of what it “sees”.  [Read more…]

Tips for Healthy Eyes in 2017

Each of us only gets one set of eyes, and if we are lucky the most extreme issues we will face with them is needing to wear glasses, or maybe some dry eye later in life. However, we don’t have to depend on luck! There are a number of things that each of us can resolve to do this year to help keep our eyes happy and healthy.  [Read more…]

Library of Congress-sponsored App Offers Free Talking Books

nls_home_bannerBARD Mobile is a service of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the National Library Service. The application provides access to talking and braille books directly from the NLS Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD)[Read more…]

BeSpecular App Allows Sighted Volunteers to Help the Visually Impaired

bespecular-logoNew to the app world in 2016 is BeSpecular. Available for IOS and Android, BeSpecular allows the user to take a photo and/or ask a question, and receive help from a sighted volunteer. The user benefits from being able to get answers from multiple volunteers; and volunteers get the personal satisfaction of having helped another person!

Users can ask questions using text or voice recognition. They can ask as many questions as they would like, and only first names are used to protect user anonymity.

This Thanksgiving, Eat for Healthy Vision

happy thanksgivingMuch research has been done about what nutrients are necessary to maintain the health of your eyes. This Thanksgiving, do yourself and your loved ones a favor, and include some of these foods on your table.

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Adequate Selenium Levels Necessary for Eye Health

selinium - brazil nutsTo remain healthy, the human body requires a number of trace elements that must be obtained through diet. Selenium is one of these essential nutrients that is necessary for your body to function properly and that has also been shown to impact eye health.

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VisionConnect™ App from American Federation for the Blind

Last year, the American Federation for the Blind launched a free IOS app for visually impaired or blind people in the United States and Canada.  VisionConnect is a searchable directory of services that is compatible with VoiceOver to read all page elements aloud.

american-federation-for-the-blind-logoUsers can simply set their age group and location, and they can then determine which type of service they are looking for – some examples include assistive products, guide dog training, and employment services. Resources are also available in categories, such as medication management, information for veterans, and tips for home modification. Health care providers can also use the application to communicate and share ideas with their patients.

Avoid Non-Prescription Lenses when Planning for Halloween

colored lensContact lenses, scleral lenses, and prosthetic devices are all considered to be medical devices. That means that they require a prescription and proper fitting by an eye care professional to safely use them. However, many people plan Halloween costumes to include colored lenses – from vampire red to zombie black.

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