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The Day I Was Told I Was Going Blind From Diabetic Retinopathy

I've always believed in preventative health care. And as a person with Type 1 diabetes, every year I would see my ophthalmologist for a thorough eye exam. After each visit, I typically felt giddy and celebratory, always leaving the office with a good report; "Nothing to see here... see you next …

Mind

Did you know that smoking can harm your vision? Learn how...

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, Nov. 19. Don't wimp out - quit smoking and save your eyesight!

Macular Degeneration

Blind Man Regains Sight After 33 Years With 'Bionic Eye'

Larry Hester was 33 years old when he got horrible news.<p>“The ophthalmologist said, ‘You're going to go blind,’” Hester recalled of his diagnosis of …

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Experience: I banged my head and went blind 30 years later

‘I noticed problems with my vision. Things were at odd angles, doors looked like they were hanging off hinges’<p>In 1962, aged nine, I was playing cowboys and Indians with my friends at home in Birr, Ireland. We used to play on the roof even though my parents had forbidden it. My dog, a collie named …

Going to College with a Disability

<i>by Eva Sweeney, Hannah Langlie, Julie McGinnity and GimpGirl Community</i>Transitioning from adolescence to college (or university) life is scary at …

This Artist Started Painting Gorgeous Art After He Went Blind

John Bramblitt uses textures to guide him stroke by stroke.<p>Over the years, he's worked on different techniques to master painting, with textures as a guide.<p>He mixes paint himself so he can control when it will dry, and even choose to use lines that are raised at first, but later flatten.<p>As for …

Tactile Smart-Timepiece

Braille Smart Gear is the latest in the trend of wearable smart devices, but focuses on usability for those with sight impairments. Using a …

Embryonic stem cells could help restore sight to blind

Photoreceptors grown from embryonic stem cells have been successfully implanted in the retinas of blind mice<p>Scientists have shown that light-sensitive retinal cells, grown in the lab from stem cells, can successfully integrate into the eye when implanted into blind mice. The technique opens up the …

What it's like to go blind - Vox

To many sighted people, the prospect of going blind is terrifying. They think about what they would lose: independence, visual beauty, reading labels at Costco. Pretty awful, huh?<p>I can speak with some authority on this matter since I have retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that has caused me to lose …

Mind

BrailleNote Apex from HumanWare

eBraille Project - Intro to the Braillenote Apex

History of Braille

Braille History – French Military Combat Code Evolves to Bring Literacy and Independence to Millions<p>What is Braille?<p>Braille is a system of touch …

Visual Design

How Running Helps Students Who are Blind

Self confidence, weight loss among the benefits at oldest U.S. school for the blind.<p>In his bright yellow sweatshirt, Omar Jomaa is a blur as he speeds around the track.<p>On closer look, Jomaa, 19, takes unusually short strides. And he’s holding onto a guide rail with his left hand as he runs.<p>Jomaa is …

Macular degeneration: Cholesterol drugs 'may save sight'

<b>Eye drops designed to lower cholesterol may be able to prevent one of the most common forms of blindness, according to US researchers.</b><p>They showed how high cholesterol levels could affect the immune system and lead to macular degeneration.<p>Tests on mice and humans, published in the journal Cell …

Macular Degeneration