TapTapSee 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…]
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…]
New 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.
To 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.
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.
Users 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.
Contact 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.
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…]
We 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…]