Low Tech – High Impact

September 13, 2014

This article by Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

During a recent conversation with my father-in-law who has wet macular degeneration, he asked if we would send him another penlight. He uses it all the time and carries it with him everywhere, right in his pocket. Many times it’s not magnification that’s needed to see better but rather more light.

With a quick push of a button he can see the buttons on the microwave, find an electric cord outlet, or read the wording on a bottle.

Simple Solution

The benefits of this little light are:

1. Super Bright

The extra source of super bright LED light provides clarity and visibility.

2. Lightweight and Small

Carry it in your pocket or clip it onto your shirt pocket.

3. Convenient

You don’t have to get to a lamp to see.

4. Durable

The new LED lights means you never get a broken bulb because they last for 1000’s of hours. The lens is unbreakable and scratch resistant. Despite several drops his is still going strong.

5. Easy to replace AAA battery

6. Inexpensive

The penlight we purchased costs just under $20.

For more Info:

http://www.webrn-maculardegeneration.com/WebRNMacular_Degeneration_News-pocket-light.html


App for macular degeneration available for Android

September 13, 2014

The original and new app has been designed to test ‘eccentric viewing’, which scrolls the text at a steady pace through the reader’s peripheral vision, enabling those with macular degeneration to read text. The app, which is free and now available for both Android and iPad, lets readers read text from an eBook (or any ePub document) to be scrolled in a single line, much like a news ticker tape. Users can adjust the speed of scrolling using the track pad to find a comfortable reading speed on the screen that suits them.

The app also means users can change text size, text colour and background colours as well as the speed of scrolling. It also includes a movable fixation point on the screen to help people to use their best point of vision. Text can also be scrolled backwards as well as forwards, so if a word is missed, the user can scroll backwards to recap. There is also a screen with a menu of all readable books and documents that is searchable.

To install the App, users will need a Google Play account. Once this has been set up, search for MDev_Reader on Google Play and follow the on screen instructions to download and install the app.

For more info:

http://www.humboldt.co.uk/mdev_reader-app-for-those-suffering-with-macular-degeneration-now-available-on-android-platform/


Woman Receives First Stem Cell Therapy Using Her Own Skin Cells

September 13, 2014

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Japan surgically transplanted a sheet of retinal pigment cells into the eye of a 70-year old woman with macular degeneration.

The cells are the first induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, given to a human patient. They were made by Masayo Takahashi, who grew them from the patient’s own skin cells, which were treated with four genetic factors to revert back to an embryonic-like state. Takahashi then soaked the cells with the appropriate growth factors and other compounds so they developed into retinal pigment cells.

It’s not known whether the cells will continue to grow and form abnormal tumors, or whether they will migrate to other parts of the body. But now that the first patient has received them, those questions – and more, about the effectiveness of stem cell therapy – might be answered soon.

for more info:  http://time.com/3340766/stem-cell-therapy-skin-cells/


Google Drive & Docs updated for Low Vision

September 13, 2014

Google is in the midst of rolling out improvements for Drive and all of its productivity apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, and Forms) specifically with blind and low-vision users in mind.

Office in the cloud: Google Apps vs. Office 365

Aimed primarily at education users, the internet giant collaborated with a number of experts on this project, including the National Federation of the Blind and the University of Michigan.

The new features include refreshable Braille display support for reading and entering text, an updated keyboard shortcut help dialog for faster searches, and more screen reader improvements (specifically for Docs, Sheets and Slides) for tasks such as spelling suggestions and revision history.

For more info: http://www.zdnet.com/google-drive-apps-retooled-for-blind-and-low-vision-users-7000033580/?s_cid=e019&ttag=e019&ftag=TREd47db54


Lumithera – Possible Treatment for Dry Macular Degeneration

August 26, 2014

Researchers have been exploring the potential of laser light therapy in a number of disease states for quite a while.

 Lumithera

Poulsbo, Washington startup LumiThera is developing an LED light-based instrument, for use in an ophthalmologist’s office, to treat the dry form of acute macular degeneration. The company uses low-level light therapy, or LLLT, in which patients are exposed to low-level laser lights to stimulate cellular function.

LumiThera says patients with dry acute macular degeneration have improved eyesight in its pilot clinical study with low-level laser therapy, with up to one year follow-up. It is raising $3 million to expand this technology, according to a regulatory filing. Thus far, it has raised $325,000

Read more: http://medcitynews.com/2014/08/lumithera-raising-3m-combat-macular-degeneration-laser-therapy/#ixzz3BUgxvHv7


Pilot Study on ChromaGen Lenses helping with reading problems

August 26, 2014

We have a Life Changing Optical Lens Solution that Treats Reading Disorders that Changes Lives!

Pilot Study on ChromaGen Lenses 



ChromaGen Lenses help those struggling with reading problems such as dyslexia by using selective wavelengths of light to dynamically balance the speed of information as it travels from the eye, through the optic nerve to the patient’s brain. They look like regular eyeglasses with tinted lenses.

Once the appropriate ChromaGen Lenses are prescribed for each eye, unruly words and sentences are brought into focus. Our patients describe that the words “are standing still for the first time”.  In addition to seeing improvements in reading and handwriting, our patients also report a significant reduction in headaches, nausea and fatigue while reading or working on the computer.

Recently Clear Solutions for Reading LLC completed a Pilot Study of 51 subjects in order to prepare for our FDA clinical Trial planned for later this fall.  See details below. 
If you would like to see the results of the Pilot Study, please email me and I will forward them to you. 
Clear Solutions for Reading LLC (“CSR”), working in conjunction with ChromaGen Vision LLC, carried out a Pilot Study in Tampa, Florida in May and June of 2014. The principals of CSR are Jeanne Howes PhD, an educational psychologist, who has been practicing for twenty-five years with an emphasis on children and families, and Edward Huggett Jr, OD, who is a licensed optometrist with a twenty-five year practice with an emphasis on binocular vision.
Goals of the Pilot Study.  ChromaGen Vision was seeking to determine if a student with a reading problem who uses ChromaGen Lenses would receive benefits in the following four areas:

Increase in Reading Speed
Increase in Reading Comprehension
Decrease in Word Movement Symptoms that cause problems with reading
Decrease in the Vision Related Issues that cause the “nagging symptoms” of headaches, nausea, fatigue, eyestrain, and loss of place when reading. 

 


Create a Life You Want to See

August 26, 2014

The following is by Lauren Tappan,

When some people get a diagnosis of macular degeneration or other retinal diseases, it can be quite a shock. It usually takes a long time to understand, deal with, and readjust your life to these new dimensions. Some people start to lose interest in their life situation and their vision begins to diminish. A friend of mine once said, “Create a life you want to see.” This seems to be a helpful phrase to remember when first dealing with sight loss. Developing a sense of curiosity about your life and people surrounding you can help to maintain good vision.
 
Remember, “create a life you want to see.”

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