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California State Parks Rehabilitating the Braille Trail
BrailleIn the final days of June, California State Parks announced that the organization has begun  rehabilitating the Three Senses Trail, or “Braille Trail.” Located at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, the Braille Trail was commissioned in 1976 for the blind and the visually impaired; the update will include the addition of new interpretive stations. The Arnold Lions Club and the Calaveras Big Trees Association (CBTA) are working with California State Parks on the project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

We offer several programs to help improve the lives of people living with blindness. SDCB can give you, or a loved one instruction on reading and writing Braille.

“Braille Trail” at Calaveras Big Trees State Park Getting a Facelift


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Blindness Is Not A Handicap
blindnessBobby Thomson’s “shot heard ‘round the world” home run in 1951, which won the New York Giants the pennant, was the last thing Ed Lucas remembers seeing before he lost his vision. While blindness was a setback for Lucas, he says it isn’t a handicap; since then, Ed became the first blind graduate of Seton Hall University. If that were not impressive enough of a resume, Lucas is the first father to win custody of children from a sighted wife. Ed Lucas has had 38 books published and has written more than 20,000 articles about baseball.

Please reach out to San Diego Center for the Blind if you are struggling with blindness. We offer several programs that can help improve your life quality.

Lucas Calls Blindness Nuisance, Not Handicap


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Riding With Blindness Across America
blindnessLiving with visual impairments or blindness may slow down one’s life, but not to a full stop. A group of blind and visually impaired cyclists, “Team Sea to See,” took part in the 2018 Race Across America. The race takes riders from the West to the East in under nine days. The brave bike riders say, “I choose for my blindness to be an asset.”



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Athletes with visual impairments, blindness bike across America to inspire others


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Two Blind Brothers Clothing Company
blindBrothers Bradford and Bryan Manning came up with a brilliant idea one day after shopping at Bloomingdales. On that day the two young men bought the same shirt. The fascinating aspect of this occurrence is that both Bradford and Bryan are blind; they made their choice of shirt not on aesthetics but by the softness of the fabric. Their idea: design and create clothing that caters to people’s sense of touch rather than sight. Their profits will go toward fighting blindness.

“We’d always done projects together and are super close,” says Bradford. “We care about helping blindness. We care about raising awareness. And we also want to have fun. We thought this consumer brand might be a way to do that.”

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How Two Blind Brothers weaved Dallas into a touching story of shirts for the visually impaired


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New Method for Treating Blindness
blindnessMirabile dictu! Researchers at Washington State University created a prototype that could reduce the cost of treating the two leading causes of blindness in America, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The prototype is called a microneedle array; apt considering the device consists of a cluster of hundreds of tiny needles. The technology is essentially a patch for the eye which could make delivering drugs to the eye more effectively than the three current techniques: laser therapy, direct eye injections, and eye drops.

“If the concept is proven it will help a lot of people in so many areas,” says doctorate student Maher Amer. “It doesn’t have to only be the eye.”

Please contact SDCB to learn more about our exciting programs for people living with blindness and visual impairment.

Finding an efficient way to treat blindness
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Paying eSight Forward to Kids Living with Blindness
blindnesseSight is the only clinically validated device that “enables those living with vision loss to see, be mobile, and engage in virtually any activity of daily living.” The revolutionary device completely changed the life of Joel Gomez, 14, who was born with legal blindness. eSight helps him see as far as he desires, whereas previously he could barely see five feet ahead. Thanks to gracious donors, Gomez was able to acquire a pair which goes for the daunting price of $10,000. Desiring to give back, Joel is working with eSight to give a device to 13 kids from around the world struggling with blindness. The movement is called #TogetherWeSee.

“Since I know what it’s like to be a visually-impaired person living in a world that isn’t geared to visually- impaired people I wanted to pay it forward to help other kids have the gift of sight,” said Joel of the fundraiser.

San Diego Center for the Blind offers many programs that can significantly improve your quality of life. Please contact us to learn how we can help.

From legal blindness to the gift of sight, CCA student looks to give back


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Supreme Court Justice Writing Book About Kids Living with Autism and Blindness
blindnessSupreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is working on a book about kids with “life challenges,” young people living with conditions like attention deficit disorder, autism, blindness, and diabetes. Justice Sotomayor was diagnosed with diabetes as a child, so the subject matter of her book is something she acutely understands. Her new book is set in a garden and is about "a bunch of us kids working on creating the beauty of a garden."

"I wanted a children's book that would explain some of those challenges, some of the frustrations, some of the difficulties in dealing with such conditions," said Sotomayor.

The book is expected in 2019.

San Diego Center for the Blind offers several programs that can drastically improve your life quality. Please contact us to learn more about assistive technology.

Justice Sotomayor writing book on kids with 'challenges'


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Prevent Blindness Says There is No Safe Way to Use Fireworks
In 2016, fireworks sent 11,100 Americans to the emergency room, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Not surprisingly, 68 percent of incidents took place around Independence Day. The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that approximately one-third of the 1,000 eye-related firework injuries in 2017 resulted in permanent blindness. Prevent Blindness argues that there isn’t a safe way to use fireworks and that the only legal fireworks should be those used by licensed operators in public displays.

If you are planning to be around or set off fireworks on the 4th of July, please exercise utmost caution. An eye injury can significantly impact the rest of your life!

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"Backyard fireworks can lead to blindness, other dangers"


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Weed Found In Virginia Causes Blindness
blindnessWeeds are the bane of most gardeners’ existence. Each summer, hours and hours are spent pulling the unwelcome guests from lawns and gardens, an annoyance to be sure. People who are living in Virginia, please be advised that if you encounter Giant Hogweed—an invasive species that originates from Asia—exercise extreme caution. The plant can grow as high as 14 feet, and its sap makes skin sensitive to sunlight causing severe burns. If the Hogweed sap gets into your eyes, it can result in blindness 

A weed-whacker shouldn’t be used to remove the weed, according to officials. Wear protective clothing to pull up the plant or rely on herbicides.

If you are living with vision loss, please reach out to SDCB to learn more about how we can help you regain your independence.

"Giant Hogweed, a plant that can cause burns and blindness, found in Virginia"


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Surgery is Safe for Patients With Macular Degeneration and Cataracts
macular degenerationNew research analyzing 80 eye surgeries on people living with concurrent wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts indicates that the procedure is safe and does not worsen the symptoms of AMD. The study shows that patients receiving anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) treatment for AMD are not at risk from cataracts surgery. The findings stymie concerns that the inflammation caused by the operation could make macular degeneration worse.

“Although there is a small risk of developing a subretinal hemorrhage, AMD patients with visually significant cataracts and macular degeneration requiring intravitreal anti-VEGF injections may successfully undergo cataract extraction, even with fluid on the preoperative OCT, without visually significant worsening of their underlying neovascular process,” the researchers concluded.

Reach out to SDCB if vision loss complicates you or a loved one's life. We offer several programs that can improve your quality of life.

Patients with Concurrent Cataracts, Wet AMD Safe to Undergo Cataract Surgery


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Laser Surgery Corrects Degenerative Eye Diseases
eye diseasesAn innovative laser surgery, called collagen crosslinking, helps extend Airmen’s careers. The procedure corrects degenerative eye diseases, such as keratoconus and corneal ectasia. Those affected by the above conditions are not commissioned unless they receive a waiver; and, pilots are restricted from flying. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved collagen crosslinking in 2016 for the treatment of progressive keratoconus.

The procedure ends the degenerative process by stiffening and stabilizing the cornea.

“This groundbreaking capability to correct the condition allows us to treat cadets and active-duty members here and from surrounding areas,” said Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Marc Neuffer, chief of cornea and refractive surgery at the 10th Medical Group. “They keep their vision and stay eligible for deployment.”

SDCB offers many programs designed to make better the lives of people living with vision conditions. Please contact us to learn more!

New Surgical Technique Saves Airmen’s Eyesight, Careers


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Braille Displays Across Different Operating Systems
BrailleMajor tech companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google have a new USB HID (Human Interface Device) standard for Braille displays; making computers far more accessible to the blind and people with visual impairments. The technology allows people to use Braille displays across different operating systems and devices, no longer having to concern themselves with the myriad of drivers and software.

The visually impaired could be utilizing the advancement early next year.

If you need assistance for visual impairment, please contact SDCB. We have many programs that can help you complete day-to-day tasks.

Apple, Microsoft, Google collaborate on new universal standard for Braille displays


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Seamstress Living with Blindness Empowered by VGS
blindnessBarbara Moore lives with a condition called nystagmus with cataracts; she was born legally blind, and she has limited vision. Despite her blindness, Moore taught herself to sew after deciding she wanted to make a comforter. Armed with a desire to work with needle and thread, she has spent the past 16 years sewing buttons and buttonholes on women’s military trousers while working as a seamstress at Vocational Guidance Services (VGS). Since 1890, VGS has trained and provided employment to individuals living with mental and cognitive disabilities.

“We were kind of pioneers for creating rehabilitation programs,” says Sabrina Selinka, general manager of VGS’ power sewing department. “Our mission is to prepare people with barriers to employment, and 80 percent of our employees in the sewing department have a significant disability or barrier to employment.”   

Please contact SDCB to learn more about our various programs. Assistive technology can significantly improve your quality of life.

Legal blindness doesn't stop this self-taught seamstress from making military uniforms


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Removing Makeup to Avoid Blindness
blindnessIn the  May 2018 issue of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, an interesting case study appears that could prove beneficial for anyone who wears makeup regularly. Every night, millions of women around the world go out with myriad cosmetics on their face; and, when the night comes to an end, it is expected that a few minutes will be taken to wash off mascara, foundation, etc. Of course, there are some evenings that washing one’s face seems arduous and off to bed, people go. So, what happens when people opt to head off to dreamland with makeup in tow?

The case study of a 50-year-old Australian Theresa Lynch who admits not removing her mascara before giving in to somnolence for nearly 25 years. The researchers determined that built up mascara fragments lodged in her eyelids putting her at risk of scratches, scarring, and risk of permanent blindness.

"It was certainly disabling," says Dr. Dana Robaei. "She has suffered permanent scarring on her eyelid and the surface of her cornea. The symptoms are like somebody throwing a handful of sand in your eye — it's constantly irritating."

If you are struggling with visual impairment, please contact SDCB. We offer programs that can help you rebuild your independence.

Dangers Of Sleeping With Makeup On Include Potential Blindness


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A Chance at Employment Notwithstanding Blindness
blindnessLarry Woods was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells in different parts of the body, at a young age. He was treated with the steroid Prednisone which wreaked havoc on his optic nerve eventually leading to blindness due to glaucoma. While it seems like life was conspiring against him, Woods pursued his dream nevertheless. Larry completed his schooling at South Arkansas Community College, graduating with the highest grade point average in Liberal Arts, and now wants a chance at employment.

"People with vision impairment need the same opportunities as other individuals to give us a chance to make a difference in our communities, help us provide ourselves with a normal lifestyle financially as well as mentally and emotionally, says Larry Woods.

San Diego Center for the Blind offers vision rehabilitation services that rebuild independence. We have several programs that can help improve your life quality.

El Dorado man says blindness will not stop him from achieving dreams


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Assistive Technology Smart Glasses for Blindness
assistive technologyTechnology can give millions of people around the globe the ultimate gift, the opportunity to see for the first time or see again after going blind. There are a number of tech companies developing smart glasses, such as eSight, Aira, and Enchroma. Below, you can find a breakdown of how the various technologies help people regain their independence.

eSight: electronic glasses that have a high speed and high-resolution camera in the middle of the frame which captures and collects everything a user looks at in real time.

Aira: Smart glasses pair users with company employees helping them navigate around their surroundings. Aira workers see what customers see on a screen; when a customer needs help, all they have to do is call the Aira agent and listen to their instructions

Enchroma: Enhances colors for people living with color blindness; the product doesn’t compromise color accuracy and alleviates the red-green color.

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The Unlocking of Vision


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Legally Blind Twins Dream of eSight
legally blindKenny and Justin Jongsma were diagnosed with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy—a rare genetic disease. The twin brothers became legally blind at the age 21; they only have peripheral vision now. A special kind of eyeglasses made by eSight of Toronto could help the brothers lead a more normal life, allowing them to do some of the things they did before losing their central vision. The eyewear uses a high speed, high-resolution camera to project real-time images to the wearer.

The problem is that a single pair or eSight glasses cost $10,000. Kenny and Justin are saving money and are trying to raise funds through charities and a GoFundMe.

"The unfortunate reality is that most public sector programs and insurance companies do not yet provide financial support for wearable assistive technologies for low vision–despite their ability to essentially replace the function of a damaged organ," said Laura Chau, a spokeswoman for eSight.

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$10K glasses? A small price to help blind twin brothers with rare disease see again


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3D Printed Corneas Could Prevent Blindness
blindnessAround 5 million people are completely blind because of damaged or diseased corneal tissue; another 10 million people need surgery to prevent corneal blindness. While modern medicine allows for corneal transplants, there is a severe donor shortage. Fortunately, scientists are now using 3D printers to create synthetic corneas which could help prevent millions of people from losing their eyesight. The cornea is a transparent sheath that sits over the iris and the pupil, directing light rays onto the retina.

If you are living with blindness, please contact SDCB, we have several programs that can help.

FIRST-EVER 3-D PRINTED HUMAN CORNEAS COULD ONE DAY TREAT A LEADING CAUSE OF BLINDNESS


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Natalie Dormer Acts Out Blindness
blindnessActress Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) stars in a movie playing a character living with vision loss. In order to learn more about living with blindness for her role as a blind pianist in the movie Darkness, Dormer turned to the Royal National Institute Of Blind People (RNIB). Dormer says she had several challenges playing the role.

“The RNIB helped me very much with navigating my own home, the streets, talking to people who are visually impaired and blind. The pride they take in their day-to-day life and how they navigate the modern world.”

Please contact SDCB for assistance with vision loss, we offer many programs that can improve your life quality.

In Darkness star Natalie Dormer reveals challenges of playing a blind character


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App for Blind and Low Vision People
blindBe My Eyes is a remarkable new app that assists blind people and those living with low vision see where they are going. The Smartphone application pairs users who have questions or need directions. People who have interest in helping the blind get around can download the app and lend their eyes.

"I think the reason for this is that it is very easy to understand the value of Be My Eyes for everyone, and there is something very pure and good about the connection between people," said Alexander Hauerslev Jensen, community director at Be My Eyes. "I think it is very human to want to help someone, but on a busy day, it can be hard to find the time. That is why Be My Eyes works so well — because it is very easy to have a big impact on another person's life."

If you need assistance for vision loss, SDCB has several programs that can help.

Be My Eyes App Helps Blind and Low Vision People


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Legally Blind Boy Plays Little League
legally blindAlbinism can severely impact people’s vision making life more challenging. Ryan Huizdos is legally blind because of albinism, but that didn’t stop him from playing little league with the help of a bright yellow ball. Nobody had any objections about the ball until his team made it to a district tournament game in 2015. When Little League learned of the ball, the organization banned its use. A three-year legal battle ensued, and Huizdos can now use the ball when he's at bat, pitching or playing infield.

"There's always a way to play your sport," Ryan said, "no matter what your challenge is."

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Legally blind teen takes on Little League



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Legally Blind Art Appraiser Is Not Deterred
legally blindMyrna Hayutin sells fine art and has done so for the past three-and-a-half decades, despite the fact that she is legally blind. Retinitis pigmentosa began stealing Myrna’s vision when she was eight years old and continues to get worse. Hayutin manages a fine-art gallery and is now an art appraiser, thanks to assistive technologies.

"I'm looking at the artwork but honestly thank goodness with my devices I can really zoom in and see them much, much better," Hayutin said.

If you are in need of assistance with a visual impairment, please contact SDCB.

Art appraiser sees success and beauty despite blindness


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Blindness and Singing By The Words You Live By
blindnessBlindness may seem like an impediment when it comes to playing musical instruments. However, time and time again the general public witnesses remarkable feats involving visually impaired people mastering the art of music, i.e., Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. Before Vincent Young learned how to walk, he was already making a name for himself as a musical prodigy despite his blindness. Today, Young is a professional musician who “sings by the words he lives by.”

SDCB has several programs that can assist anyone struggling with vision loss.

Zevely Zone: Despite blindness, he saw his future in music


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A Swimming Champion Living With Blindness
blindnessVivian Stancil went blind at the age of 19; at the age of 50 her doctor told her that if she wanted to live longer, she would have to start exercising. Even though Stancil didn’t know how to swim, she got into a pool in spite of her blindness. She was morbidly obese when she began learning how to swim since then she has won 220 swimming medals and now runs a foundation that teaches at-risk adults and children how to swim.

If you are living with blindness and are in need of assistance, please contact SDCB.

At 71, Vivian Stancil hasn’t let blindness stop her from becoming a swimming champion


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Vitamin A Can Prevent Vision Loss
vision lossTaking care of one’s health is absolutely vital! You can lead a healthier life by utilizing various vitamins. Eating foods rich in vitamins or taking supplements, such as vitamin A, can strengthen the essential systems in the human body. In fact, consuming vitamin A can prevent vision loss and improve eyesight. Glaucoma, cataracts, night blindness, and other eye disorders can be avoided by regular consumption of foods with vitamin A.

Please contact the San Diego Center for the Blind if you are experiencing vision loss and would like assistance. We have several programs that can help improve your quality of life.

Vitamin A For Health: 5 Benefits Of Consuming Foods Rich In Vitamin A


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Visually Impaired Children Take To The Ice
visually impairedSix-year-old Logan and 4-year-old Zoe Galloway are budding hockey players. While it’s not uncommon for people to begin skating at a young age, what makes these two children unique is the fact that they are visually impaired. Unfortunately, both children are going blind from an extremely rare form of eye disease, Leber congenital amaurosis.

“If you take a piece of cardboard and you punch a bunch of holes in it, that’s how they can see,” explained the children’s mother, Allison Galloway. “The holes will get less and less over time.”

SDCB has several programs that can help you or a loved one. Please contact us to learn more about how we can be of assistance.

Screaming With Glee, Kids Hit By Blindness Find Their Passion On Ice


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A Gender Gap In Blindness
blindnessDid you know that there is a gender gap in eye disease? In fact, studies indicate that women are at a more significant risk of experiencing vision loss, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts and glaucoma. Regular eye examinations are vital to early diagnosis; during Healthy Vision Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology wants women to prioritize vision. The Academy encourages people to get a comprehensive medical eye exam at age 40; know your family history; eat healthily; quit smoking; protect their eyes from the sun; and perform daily eyelid hygiene.

If you are struggling with blindness, please contact SDCB. We offer many programs that can help you maintain your independence.

Women Face Higher Risk of Blindness Than Men


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Climbing the Highest Mountains with Vision Loss
vision lossErik Weihenmayer was born on Sept. 23, 1968, with a rare eye disease, retinoschisis; his vision worsened through childhood, and he went completely blind in his early teens. Despite living with vision loss, Weihenmayer was introduced to rock climbing and, as he says, was reborn. Since that time, he has climbed or attempted some of the most technical peaks in the world. 

“I’d worried that blindness would be like this prison you can’t escape from,” Weihenmayer said. But rock climbing “was just fully so absorbing.” “It was everything I thought blindness wasn’t going to be.”

If you are losing your vision, SDCB can assist you in maintaining your independence. Please contact us to learn more about our programs.

Blind climber who scaled Mount Everest describes ‘rebirth’


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ELIA Frames vs Braille for Blind Readers
brailleA former equity research analyst hopes to create a tactile alphabet that echoes the Roman characters; the goal is to help people who experience vision loss later in life maintain the ability to read. It turns out that some people struggle to learn braille, Andrew Chepaitis’ grandmother had the same experience; as a result, Chepaitis founded ELIA Life Technology. Ike Presley, National Project Manager for the American Foundation for the Blind, has concerns though regarding ELIA citing inaccurate statistics about braille literacy, but he is not entirely against the idea.

“It is a very interesting concept, and it’s neat that they’re trying to come up with something that could be usable,” says Presley.

SDCB offers many programs to help blind people manage everyday tasks with a greater sense of independence.

Could This New Tactile Font Help People Who Lose Their Sight Late In Life?


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Unlocking the Secrets of Blindness
blindnessExperts believe that “blue light’ can disrupt sleep patterns, diet, and people’s vision. Purdue assistant professor of biochemistry, Vikki Weake, led a blindness study in fruit flies. The findings of the vision loss study could prove useful in understanding human ocular diseases.

“We’ve found that blue light exposure in flies causes a particularly nasty type of cellular damage called lipid peroxidation,” Weake said. “This is a hallmark of many age-associated eye diseases, so we hope that this model might help us to study this process.”

If you are living with blindness, please contact SDCB. We have several programs that can help improve your life quality.

Purdue research uses fruit flies to study human blindness


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New Contact Lens for Diabetic Retinopathy
diabetic retinopathyPeople in the advanced stages of diabetes are at risk of losing their vision; the disorder is known as diabetic retinopathy. Given that hundreds of millions of people around the globe, including millions of Americans, have diabetes there is an urgent need to find ways of preventing diabetic-related vision loss.

There exist various treatments for this type of blindness. However, Caltech graduate student Colin Cook, along with Yu-Chong Tai, Caltech’s Anna L. Rosen Professor of Electrical Engineering and Medical Engineering, believes there is a better method; a glow-in-the-dark contact lens worn during sleep that interrupts the process that destroys cells of the retina. 

“This is an innovative solution with a potentially huge impact on diabetic retinopathy,” says Tai.

If you are losing your vision, SDCB can help you maintain your independence. We invite you to learn more about our programs.

Caltech Researchers Invent Glowing Contact Lens That Could Prevent a Leading Cause of Blindness


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Being Blind Does Not Hold Back Kathy Martinez
blindWhen Kathy Martinez began her career, a counselor at the California Department of Rehabilitation said that Martinez would probably never make it further than working at a lock factory. Why would someone rain on the parade of young women with aspirations? It might have to do with the fact that Kathy is blind. The counselor couldn’t have been farther from the mark! It may have taken her 13 years to finish college, but since that time Martinez has worked with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, served under two administrations, and led Wells Fargo’s Disability and Accessibility strategy.

“My counselor at the California Department of Rehabilitation had minimal expectations for people with disabilities and tended to offer low-levels jobs with no hope for growth,” explains Martinez. “Although his expectations for me were low, I had people in my life who knew I could do more, and were behind me every step of the way while I pursued my degree.”

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This Latina Is Using Her Own Experience With Blindness To Bring About Change In The Workforce


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RNA Injection May Prevent Blindness
blindnessA couple of months ago we shared a New York Times article written by columnist Frank Bruni. Those of you who read the NYT are probably familiar with the author's op-eds. Bruni wrote an eloquent essay about discovering that he had nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy(NAION); it is often referred to as ‘a stroke of the eye.’ There isn’t a cure to the condition which usually results in blindness, but his doctor said he could take part in the world’s largest clinical trial of NAION; scientists are testing a groundbreaking injection of RNA that could prevent such patients from going blind.

If you are struggling with vision loss please contact SDCB. We have several programs that can help you.

Inside Frank Bruni’s Revolutionary Medical Trial


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Students Living With Blindness Sing Their Story
blindnessIn Baltimore, Maryland, high school students living with blindness are participating in a songwriting project called "Seeing Through Music." The program was created to assist young people living with vision loss share their story through songs and poetry.

“I think he appreciates being part of the majority. In that group, everybody has some disability of blindness or visual impairment, but it’s something that he can share with all the students,” says Jessica Kern, whose son Alex participates in the project.

At SDCB, we have several programs that can assist people living with blindness.

Blind Baltimore students tell their stories through song


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Blind Actress Plays Blind Witness On NCIS
blindMovies and TV shows that touch upon disability rarely employ actors who have the condition they are portraying. With that in mind, it is also lovely when directors and producers flip the script, hiring actors living with an impairment. Last week, the 350th episode of NCIS included a blind witness played by Woodland, California, native Marilee Talkington. Aside from being an exceptional actress, Talkington was perfect for the role because she is legally blind.

If you are struggling with visual impairment or blindness, please contact SDCB. We have several programs that can help.

Woodland-native actress may make history with Tuesday's NCIS guest appearance


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Visually Impaired Children Become Artists
visually impairedIn New Caney, Texas, on the first Saturday of each month, blind and visually impaired children become budding artists as part of the "Creating with Blind Abandon" Art Club. Visual impairment teacher Kathy Trimm made a discovery; traditional art was not accessible to children living with vision loss. If you have a moment, the video is worth your time.


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Blind and visually impaired students create "seeing eye dog" art car


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AI Device Screens for Diabetic Retinopathy
diabetic retinopathyPeople who are living with diabetes often experience damage to their retinas, an eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, diabetic retinopathy is the most common cause of vision loss among people with diabetes and is the number one cause of vision problems among working-age adults. The FDA recently approved the IDx-DR program, which utilizes artificial intelligence (AI) to detect diabetic retinopathy.

"Early detection of retinopathy is an important part of managing care for the millions of people with diabetes, yet many patients with diabetes are not adequately screened for diabetic retinopathy since about 50 percent of them do not see their eye doctor on a yearly basis," said Dr. Malvina Eydelman, director of the FDA's Division of Ophthalmic, and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices.

If you are living with diabetic eye disease, we invite you to learn more about our programs.

FDA Approves AI Device to Spot Diabetic Eye Disease


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Novel Method for Diagnosing Blindness in Premature Babies
blindnessRetinopathy of prematurity, or ROP, is a rare form of blindness that strikes people born prematurely. The findings of a new study showing the value of telemedicine eye screenings could lead to more blindness-preventing treatments for infants, especially babies born in areas lacking ophthalmologists. The study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology, shows that telemedicine screens can be as useful as in-person eye exams.

"A lack of access to trained ophthalmologists with experience diagnosing ROP sadly prevents many premature infants from receiving much-needed screening, both in developed and developing countries," said the study's lead researcher, Michael F. Chiang, M.D., a professor of ophthalmology and medical informatics & clinical epidemiology in the OHSU School of Medicine and a pediatric ophthalmologist at OHSU's Elks Children's Eye Clinic.

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Telemedicine provides accurate diagnosis of rare cause of blindness in preemies


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Going On Blindness Dates
blindnessA 24-year-old YouTuber and motivational speaker shares her thoughts about dating when living in blindness. Molly Burke lives in Los Angeles, CA. She says she isn’t able to experience physical attraction in the same way as most people because she suffered vision loss at the age of 14.

“I’ve learned to accept the fact that it won’t be easy. There are the right people for right times, and the right people for the wrong ones. We all have strengths and weaknesses. We all give and take. That’s why the best relationships are partnerships.”

If you are living with blindness, SDCB can assist you in many ways. We invite you to look at our program overview.

How Dating Works When You're Living with Blindness


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Vision Loss and Charles Bonnet Syndrome
Charles Bonnet SyndromeWhen Kirsty James was just thirteen years old she was informed that she would one day go blind. Before being diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition called Stargardt disease, she hid the fact that her vision was deteriorating; Kristy also came to believe that she might even be losing her mind because of the visions she was experiencing. Her hallucinations persisted without any explanation as to the cause, then she learned about Charles Bonnet Syndrome. It’s a condition that affects some people losing their vision; the brain replaces images with hallucinations because it's trying to make sense of what it is seeing.

“When a person starts to lose their sight, their brain doesn't receive as much information as it used to and it is thought that the brain sometimes responds by filling in the gaps with fantasy patterns or images that it's stored - these stored images are experienced as hallucinations.”

Assistive technology can help people with vision loss regain their independence, please contact us for more information.
 
“'I thought I was losing my mind, but I was actually losing my sight'”


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Bringing Braille to The Navajo Nation
brailleCarol Green, a blind teacher of the visually impaired, has developed a braille code for people who know the Navajo language. She is on a mission to raise money for her cause, becoming a semifinalist considered for the Holman prize, which awards up to $25,000 for innovative projects by the blind.

SDCB can help anyone living with visual impairment, please contact us to learn how we can help you or a loved one.

Woman hopes to bring braille code to Navajo Nation


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Being Blind Does Not Rule Out Swimming
blindJeri Weatherholt has a college degree from Indiana State University. She works as a medical transcriptionist and lives independently, despite the fact that she has been blind since the age of 10. At first glance, it may seem like there isn’t anything Weatherholt can’t accomplish; and that might actually be the case. The Indiana U grad has had a lifelong fear of water, but the 61-year-old didn’t let that stand in her way when she decided to learn to swim a year ago.

“I want to stress to everybody that no matter what age you are, if you have a disability, get out and try new things and try to overcome whatever fear you might have,” Weatherholt said.

If you are living with vision loss, please contact SDCB; we have several programs that can assist you in improving your quality of life and increase your sense of independence.

Blindness, fear of water can’t stop Massillon woman’s dream to swim


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Napa Artist Living WIth Vision Loss Gives Directions
vision lossLast week, we shared a story with you about a woodworker living with vision loss that teaches his craft to others with eye diseases residing in Northern California. Napa artist, George Wurtzel, sees life in ways that sighted people can’t begin to understand, a fact not lost on Subaru of America; the favorite car company of outdoor enthusiasts featured Wurtzel in Subaru of America’s television spot called “See the World.”

The advertisement is worth taking the time to watch.

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The Unlikely Star of Subaru’s New Ad Has a Magical Way of Seeing the World


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Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month for Women at Prevent Blindness
blindnessDid you know that April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month. Prevent Blindness is an organization on a mission to educate, prevent vision loss, and preserve people’s eyesight. A study, The Future of Vision: Forecasting the Prevalence and Costs of Vision Problems, shows that 63 percent of those that are blind and 62 percent of those that are visually impaired are women. More women than men struggle with blindness, including age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and dry eye.

If you are living with blindness, SDCB has many programs that can assist you in day-to-day life.

Putting Focus on Special Visual Needs of Women


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Eye Tattoos Can Cause Blindness
blindnessBody modifications like piercings and tattoos are not a new trend, millions of people around the world display some form of body art. However, there are times when body mods come at a significant, life-changing cost. More and more people are open to cosmetic procedures that can change the whites of the eye to another color. If you are thinking, ‘What could go wrong?’ Then you are not alone, in fact, such eye procedures can cause permanent damage to the eye and blindness.

If you are experiencing vision loss, please contact SDCB. We have a number of programs that can help.

Dangerous eye fads causing damage, blindness


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Braille Watch Provides Users Freedom and Privacy
brailleSmartphones allow the visually impaired a new sense of freedom and independence, thanks to several innovative applications. Now, blind people can utilize smartwatches to improve life quality. The Dot Watch has a touch display in which 24 dots rise and fall, spelling out words in braille; users can also link the watch to a smartphone via Bluetooth. The stylish watch can relay information from social media, texting and GPS apps. The Dot Watch is available to purchase for $359.

“Our mission won’t stop with the Dot Watch, in fact, it would only pave the road to a bigger and better future,” Dot Inc. website reads. “With the technology in our Dot Ecosystem, it will be possible to pursue an entire spectrum of education: from simple braille acquisition to advanced tactile-graphic representations.”

At SDCB, we specialize in assistive technology. Please contact us for more information.

This Smartwatch For Visually Impaired People Has A Braille Display


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Blind Woodworker Teaches the Visually Impaired
visually impairedMaster woodworker, George Wurtzel, doesn’t let vision loss stand in between him and his passion. Wurtzel teaches woodworking classes to the visually impaired at the Enchanted Hills Camp, which is now owned by the Lighthouse Center for the Blind. At the Napa workshop, you will find both sighted and blind instructors.


“The only thing I always tell people that I teach is just how to feel confident with yourself,” he says. “Your eyeballs don’t run a saw...Your brain does all those things.”

Are you struggling with vision loss? SDCB can help you improve your quality of life.

In Napa, a blind woodworker makes art accessible for everybody


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Stem Cell Treatment for Macular Degeneration
macular degenerationDouglas Waters developed vision problems almost three years ago. It turns out he was suffering from with severe wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The eye condition causes blurred vision or a blind spot. A few months after receiving his diagnosis he was selected to take part in a clinical trial at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. A stem cell-based treatment gave Waters his sight back; now he can read the newspaper.

"We've restored vision where there was none," said Professor Lyndon da Cruz, a retinal surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. "It's incredibly exciting. As you get older, parts of you stop working and for the first time we've been able to take a cell and make it into a specific part of the eye that's failing and put it back in the eye and get vision back."

If you are experiencing vision loss, please contact SDCB.

Patients regain sight with stem cell treatment in U.K. clinical trial”


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Diabetic Retinopathy Linked to Certain Proteins
New research identifies proteins that are linked to diabetic retinopathy, a common form of blindness that can result from diabetes. Two studies published recently could help healthcare providers grasp the connection and develop new intervention methods, potentially sparing patients from both vision loss and heart disease. More research is needed for better understanding the relationship triglyceride levels and the three identified protein pathways.

“These initial findings made us pause for a moment and start asking additional questions about these relationships,” said Stacey Knight, PhD, a researcher with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute and lead author of the study. “We hope to further explore these pathways to better identify where interventions may occur to help reduce risk for cardiovascular events in diabetic patients.”

SDCB can help anyone experiencing vision loss, we have a number of programs that can improve your quality of life.

These Proteins are Linked to Diabetic Blindness


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The Link Between Diabetes and Blindness
If eye problems are identified early enough, blindness can be prevented in many cases. The Lion’s Club has a long history of helping people living in darkness and advocating for vision loss prevention, thanks to a speech that Helen Keller gave to the organization in 1925. At the time, she was encouraging the Lions to partner with the newly formed American Foundation for the Blind. At the end of her talk she said:

“Will you not help me hasten the day when there shall be no preventable blindness; no little deaf, blind child untaught; no blind man or woman unaided? I appeal to you Lion, you who have your sight, your hearing, you who are strong and brave and kind. Will you not constitute yourselves knights of the blind in this crusade against darkness?”

If you are visually impaired, please contact SDCB to see how we can help you regain independence.

Lions Club members discuss link between diabetes and blindness


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