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 (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…]
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.