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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Two Organizations Offering One-on-One Support for Cancer Fighters

A diagnosis of cancer is the start of a difficult, uncertain time. Decisions have to be made, treatment options weighed, and many people, even those with the strongest support systems, can feel alone, confused, and overwhelmed. We recently learned about two organizations that help connect those who are currently fighting cancer with survivors, who can offer emotional support with the unique perspective of one who has been there.  [Read more…]

BostonSight PROSE Treatment Videos Demonstrate Device Application and Removal

PROSEinsertionWe wanted to take a moment and remind you about the series of detailed videos that shows the application and removal process for BostonSight® PROSE devices, as well as prosthetic device care and handling techniques. These instructional videos demonstrate various application and removal strategies that suit the needs of any PROSE device user. They are a great source of information whether you are a prospective patient wanting to know in more detail what it’s like to use PROSE devices, a caregiver needing a refresher on techniques or device care, or a current patient interested in finding out about an alternate procedure for device application or removal. [Read more…]

What Color is That Shirt ? There’s an App for That

colored shirtsOver the past several years, a number of mobile applications have been developed that can identify colors and speak the information aloud to the user. This is great for those who have trouble seeing, are color blind, or just cannot tell the difference between their black and navy pants. We found a couple that seem interesting.   [Read more…]

Connections Found to Keratoconus

A recent publication in Ophthalmology detailed the results of a retrospective longitudinal cohort study that matched 16,053 patients with keratoconus to a control group with no history of the disease. The purpose of the study, conducted in conjunction with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Michigan Medical School, was to determine if an association exists between keratoconus, sociodemographic factors, and common systemic diseases.  [Read more…]

Awareness Can Lead to Action: SJS Awareness Month

Imagine keeping vigil all alone at the hospital bedside of your 10-month-old as she struggles to survive. You’ve just been told by medical staff that she has developed a severe disease that you have never heard of and you are unable to find any substantial information about this illness. You are grief-stricken and do not even know where to turn for support or information. [Read more…]